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From Webmaster <eag...@chatministries.org>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] help needed on multiple domain root directories ver 1.3.28 Win32
Date Fri, 26 Sep 2003 08:04:47 GMT
This is very interesting... and thankyou to the three of you who have
stepped me through this totally foreign thinking!

Results of the ping and traceroute from this machine to the one where the
server is located... also running the same version of 98SE from the same CD
(a sales Partner Version that was permitted at that time to be installed on
two machines). Both machines are HP Vectra VL series 8 PIIs.

The other machine that wouldn't see it is a considerably younger IBM Aptiva
with its own customised OEM version of W98SE.

Fri 26-09-2003 C:\WINDOWS>ping warrinavalley.dyndns.org

Pinging warrinavalley.dyndns.org [150.101.106.134] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 150.101.106.134: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=30
Reply from 150.101.106.134: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=30
Reply from 150.101.106.134: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=30
Reply from 150.101.106.134: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=30

Ping statistics for 150.101.106.134:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 1ms, Maximum =  1ms, Average =  1ms


Fri 26-09-2003 C:\WINDOWS>tracert warrinavalley.dyndns.org

Tracing route to warrinavalley.dyndns.org [150.101.106.134]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

  1     1 ms     1 ms     1 ms  warrinavalley.dyndns.org [150.101.106.134]

Trace complete.


Fri 26-09-2003 C:\WINDOWS>ping eagles-lair.dyndns.org

Pinging eagles-lair.dyndns.org [150.101.106.134] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 150.101.106.134: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=30
Reply from 150.101.106.134: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=30
Reply from 150.101.106.134: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=30
Reply from 150.101.106.134: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=30

Ping statistics for 150.101.106.134:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 1ms, Maximum =  1ms, Average =  1ms


Fri 26-09-2003 C:\WINDOWS>tracert eagles-lair.dyndns.org

Tracing route to eagles-lair.dyndns.org [150.101.106.134]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

  1     1 ms     1 ms     1 ms  eagles-lair.dyndns.org [150.101.106.134]

Trace complete.


The story gets more dramatic. I checked my wife's 18-month old IBM Thinkpad
(preloaded with Win ME - shudder!!)

Same problem, exactly, even after altering the hosts file.

I then changed its filename to "hosts" - without an extension. Bingo!

I then did the same to the Aptiva and this HP Vectra. Bingo!

I had previously discussed this with a guy who yesterday passed the
Microsoft support engineer examination - he didn't know of a solution - so
this must be an undocumented thing.

One has to ask WHY name the file HOSTS.SAM when it will only work with the
name of HOSTS

Again, many thank-you's folks. I think I might document the details on one
of my websites so that others don't fall into this trap - or if they do,
they can find the solution.

Sincerely
Richard Ashton
Adelaide, South Australia

PS If I may I'll keep reading this list for a while. Hope the two
suggestions I offered were valid :)







At 07:04 26-09-03 +0200, you wrote:
---snip---
>Well, it *should* work. Even in Windows 98! As Brian suggested, you probably
>can't have the wild-cards there; I just had this vague memory of it being
>supported.
>
>I don't know why your file is named "hosts.sam"; it should be just "HOSTS"
>(as Zuri also pointed out). Try give it correct name, and you will probably
>also need a reboot (we're talking Windows here ;).
>
>What do happen when you try to access eg. warrinavalley.dyndns.org? Try to
>nslookup, traceroute or ping, it.
>
>If you aren't sure what goes wrong, or at which point, you might find a
>sniffer (http://www.ethereal.com/) helpful, to see where stuff is travelling
>to.
>
>Other solutions might involve using your Apache box as a local proxy, which
>you might be able to tweak to deliver your local sites. I don't have much
>experience with proxies, so I cannot say exactly how, though.
>
>Regards,
>Robert Andersson
>


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