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md_src_plugins_hosts_README - README

  • infos = Information about HOSTS plugin is in keys below
  • infos/author = Markus Raab
  • infos/licence = BSD
  • infos/needs =
  • infos/provides = storage
  • infos/placements = getstorage setstorage
  • infos/recommends = glob network
  • infos/description = This plugin reads and writes /etc/hosts files.

The /etc/hosts file is a simple text file that associates IP addresses with hostnames, one line per IP address. The format is described in hosts(5).

Special values


Canonical hostnames are stored as key names with the IP address as key value.


Aliases are stored as sub keys with a read only duplicate of the associated ip address as value.


Comments are stored according to the comment metadata specification (see doc/METADATA.ini for more information)

Multi-Line Comments

Since line breaks are preserved, you can identify multi line comments by their trailing line break.


The ordering of the hosts is stored in meta keys of type 'order'. The value is an ascending number. Ordering of aliases is NOT preserved.


Mount the plugin: >$ kdb mount /etc/hosts system/hosts hosts

Print out all known hosts and their aliases: >$ kdb ls system/hosts

Get IP address of host 'localhost': >$ kdb get system/hosts/localhost Fetch comment belonging to host 'localhost': >$ kdb getmeta system/hosts/localhost comment

Sun May 29 2016 Version 0.8.14