It seems that wildcards are not supported in the /etc/hosts file.

What is the best solution for me to resolve all *.local domains to localhost?


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You'd really need to run your own DNS server and use wildcards. Exactly how you'd do that would depend on the DNS package you ran.

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    Indeed. This is rather trivial with dnsmasq; a configuration with address=/local/ does what OP requests.
    – ephemient
    Commented Oct 21, 2010 at 13:25

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