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I have been using /etc/hosts to map ip addresses to aliases for as long as I can remember; but lately I've noticed my file has been overwritten. Also I noticed the following: # Local Host Database # # This AUTOMATICALLY-GENERATED file describes a number of aliases-to-address # mappings for the local hosts that share this file. # # In the presence of the domain name service or NIS, this file may not be # consulted at all; see /etc/host.conf for the resolution order. # # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE BY HAND; YOUR CHANGES WILL BE OVERWRITTEN # # Define alias-to-address mappings in /etc/conf.d/hostname I've relied on my hosts file heavy, is there a preferred way to to match ip addresses with names similar to using the hosts file?