try adding something like
domain invalid <=============== this is my lan domain, use yours
search localdomain rpdcty1.sd.home.com home.com
> My /etc/hosts file seems to be ignored when I use programs like "ping."
> for my localhost (127.0.0.1) I have a host name, but this isn't being
> used when I try to ping it. My /etc/host.conf file has the proper
> configuration as well:
> order hosts,bind
> multi on
> But still nothing. The network works fine, but hostname lookups from
> /etc/hosts isn't. Could anyone provide any help?
> Thank you,
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If the above breaks your system, it's yours and you keep both pieces.
Practice safe computing. Backup the file before you change it.
Do a, man command_here or cat command_here, before using it.