[Mailman-Users] Lapsed domain name

Grant Taylor gtaylor at riverviewtech.net
Thu Dec 4 05:41:29 CET 2008

On 12/03/2008 12:35 PM, Andrew Hodgson wrote:
> There are a couple of techy ways you could do this:
> - Point the hosts file at the relevant IP address of the web server 
> you use to manage the domain/Mailman setup, then point a web browser 
> at it.  It should work locally.
> - If you have a local DNS server, and you know the authoritative DNS 
> servers provided by the original web host, create a stub zone with 
> the relevant NS records pointing to those nameservers.  When a client 
> using that nameserver tries to resolve the relevant domain name, the 
> DNS resolver should look up and return the records from the old 
> webhost.

Hat's off to you Andrew.  I was going to recommend the exact same thing. 
  I just wanted to see if any one else thought of this.

I'll give a little more detail on how to do this so it is easier for the OP.

On a Windows NT/2k/XP/2k3/2k8/Vista system, you need to edit the "hosts" 
file, which should be located in the %SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\etc 
directory (%SystemRoot% usually evaluates to C:\Windows or C:\WinNT 
depending on version).  You need to add a new line any where in the file 
that has the IP address and a few spaces and the domain name (with or 
with out the www.).  Close your web browser that you want to use, flush 
your DNS ("ipconfig /flushdns" at a command prompt, or just reboot), 
re-open your web browser and try the domain name.  To remove the 
listing, just delete the line from the hosts file and re-flush things.

On a unix system, you will need root (or comparable) access to edit the 
/etc/hosts file, with the same type of routine as above.  I don't know a 
convenient way to flush DNS on a unix box, so just try closing and 
re-opening your web browser.

On a Mac... Sorry, I don't know on a Mac.  OS X (any release) should be 
similar to unix (seeing as how it is a BSD and all).  As for Classic OS 
(1-9) I have *NO* clue.

If any one wants an explanation as to why or how this works, just ask.

Grant. . . .

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