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saluk

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May 11, 2009
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In my country some sites have been banned but most of us keep using them in pc's by changing hosts file in \Windows\System32\drivers\etc

adding ip strings like

207.200.100.5 shoutcast.com
207.200.100.5 www.shoutcast.com



I just wonder if there is someway to do this in android? If the answer is yes then my new question is "how"... :D

Thx for the answers...
 

mindrot

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Apr 18, 2010
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hello there,

i'm a newbie and i don't know anything about programming. and i need a step by step guide to edit the host file. i have reached the file with file manager but i can't edit or replace it.

thanks.
 

gophergun

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Feb 18, 2008
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Should just be a matter of

adb pull /etc/hosts


Which will copy the file to the current directory, then make the necessary changes, then

adb remount
adb push hosts /etc/hosts

Anyone correct me if I'm wrong. If you don't have ADB set up, now would be a good time to do so; searching for "ADB for dummies" should help you with that.
 
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cloverdale

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I suggest nano if you have a ROM with this included (such as cyanogenmod). Then all you need to do is open the terminal and enter
Code:
 su
nano /system/etc/hosts

In this manner, one can do the edits straight from the phone terminal.
 

domenukk

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Or download estrongs file manager, go to settings and set file system to "read write"(its in something like root settings or so). after that you can edit the file ;)
 

DiskCrasher

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I've rooted my Droid and copied over a pre-populated hosts file to /system/etc that re-maps bad/ad sites to 127.0.0.1. However, when I open a terminal and ping one of the sites listed in the hosts file, it still comes back with the real IP and not 127.0.0.1. :confused:
 

RedWave31

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I do believe in Linux systems, the real hosts file is in root/data/data/
>The system/etc/ hosts file is empty, aka a decoy of some sorts....?

To view it, u may need "rootexplorer.apk" (as opposed to droidexplorer.exe, a windows vista program), as I couldn't get Astro to require SU

(Need to check this out, my own system may be different?)
 

Skrip037

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I do believe in Linux systems, the real hosts file is in root/data/data/
>The system/etc/ hosts file is empty, aka a decoy of some sorts....?

To view it, u may need "rootexplorer.apk" (as opposed to droidexplorer.exe, a windows vista program), as I couldn't get Astro to require SU

(Need to check this out, my own system may be different?)
If it is empty, it just means there aren't any hosts in it. /etc/hosts is the correct file.

I've rooted my Droid and copied over a pre-populated hosts file to /system/etc that re-maps bad/ad sites to 127.0.0.1. However, when I open a terminal and ping one of the sites listed in the hosts file, it still comes back with the real IP and not 127.0.0.1. :confused:
What exactly is the process you are using? Does it look like this?
capturearu.png


And when you pushed the hosts to your phone, what command did you use?
 
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farmatito

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I've rooted my Droid and copied over a pre-populated hosts file to /system/etc that re-maps bad/ad sites to 127.0.0.1. However, when I open a terminal and ping one of the sites listed in the hosts file, it still comes back with the real IP and not 127.0.0.1. :confused:

Where did you get the file from, a windows pc?
In this case you need to convert the end-of-line characters
from Dos to Unix ones. This could be done with nano editor
or with busybox's dos2unix command.
 

DiskCrasher

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Oct 17, 2010
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Where did you get the file from, a windows pc?
In this case you need to convert the end-of-line characters
from Dos to Unix ones. This could be done with nano editor
or with busybox's dos2unix command.

That was it! I opened the hosts file in Notepad++ and converted it to UNIX format, then saved it back to my phone. Now blocked addresses are resolving to 127.0.0.1 as expected. No more ads or malware, yay!
 

kenanyan

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Oct 27, 2010
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Converting hosts file to unix format is worked for me also ,i converted hosts file with notepad++ to unix format(edit>eol conversation>unix format) then copy it in etc ,overwrite(backup ojinal host file to sdcard first with copy command) ,no need to reboot phone
 

nuflood

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Jun 25, 2010
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can't pull

Hi

I'm trying to pull the hosts file with adb or with android commander. the adb sais there isn't a file like that and the AC give me this when I try to copy:

Items count: 1
Items source: /system/etc/
Items destination: C:\android-sdk-windows\

Starting operation...

Coping file: [email protected]
remote object '/system/etc/[email protected]' does not exist


*** Operation complete! ***

What can I do?
thanks
 

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    Technically it's in /system/etc/hosts, /etc is a symlink.

    If you want to edit it, create a hosts file on your SD card and then cp from terminal with root privileges. Or you could adb push it from your computer.
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