I just clean installed mavericks on my mac and local domains i use for web development still work. Surely clean install wipes the host file, so how is this possible? Its not really a problem, i am just wondering how its possible!

Current hosts file

# Host Database
# localhost is used to configure the loopback interface
# when the system is booting.  Do not change this entry.
##   localhost broadcasthost
::1             localhost 
fe80::1%lo0 localhost
  • Were your local domains previously listed in the host file? – Graham Miln Dec 6 '13 at 11:45
  • yeah, like jf.co.uk – Josh Fradley Dec 6 '13 at 13:11
  • Now a few days have passed, do the domains still resolve locally? – Graham Miln Dec 12 '13 at 18:31
  • Yeah they do, i've come back from uni as well so its not my router – Josh Fradley Dec 17 '13 at 10:57
  • It is unlikely to answer the question but you may want to reset the DNS cache: support.apple.com/kb/HT5343 – Graham Miln Dec 17 '13 at 11:54

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