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The text based HOSTS file
was the first method introduced to handle this translation on
The Pound Sign # is used to enter any text comments in a HOSTS file. This is used just as the REM in batch files or the semi colon (;) in the registry.
This (the #) can be used to leave notes to remind you or someone else what is happening in a file.
HOSTS files (called /etc/hosts
on Linux and UNIX) are manually created and are a simple
listing file. This is an example of a hosts file which contains
only one entry, the local loopback address, 127.0.0.1. All other
lines beginning with the # character are comments.
# Copyright ã
1993-1995 Microsoft Corp.
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows NT.
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a # symbol.
# For example:
# 126.96.36.199 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 188.8.131.52 x.acme.com # x client host
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