Docker – Map IP to DNS, or Just Override DNS Name in Linux in General

I was reading a docker script someone else created and came across an interesting blog explaining a parameter it used (–add-host) right here.  I recommend reading that longer blog, but I’m recording the short notes and link here for myself as I’m sure I’ll be using this a lot.

The “–add-host” Parameter

Long story short, you can just add “–add-host=some_dns_name:some_ip_address” to your docker command in order to make your container have any DNS name resolve to any IP address.

This works by having the container put an entry for this DNS/IP pair into the /etc/hosts file.

Use Outside of Docker

I haven’t used the /etc/hosts file in a while.  But this reminded me about it.  The article points out that you can either add a DNS mapping or even override an existing DNS mapping using this file.

So, for example, I could make point at this website from within the given OS instance, if I updated that file properly.

Pretty cool and useful :).

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