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Microsoft KB Archive/105998

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Article ID: 105998

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006



APPLIES TO

  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1



This article was previously published under Q105998

SYMPTOMS

If you add an entry to the HOSTS file (for TCP/IP utilities) and then try to use the PING command to access that computer, you may receive the following error message:

<friendlyname>:Unknown Host

CAUSE

This error message may be caused by not having a carriage return after the last line in the HOSTS file. This problem usually occurs only when you try to communicate with the computer on the last line of the HOSTS file, because the other lines should have carriage returns.

NOTE: There may be numerous other causes for this error message.

RESOLUTION

To avoid this error message, use Notepad (or any text editor) to edit the HOSTS file and add a carriage return to the last line. If you add a carriage return to the last line of the HOSTS file created above, the PING command works correctly.

For additional information on the HOSTS file in Windows NT, query on the following words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

hosts and windows and nt


For additional information on the troubleshooting TCP/IP connectivity with Windows NT, query on the following words in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

tcp/ip and tshoot and windows and nt


MORE INFORMATION

Steps to Reproduce Problem

  1. Rename the HOSTS file in the winnt\system32\drivers\etc\ directory to HOSTS.OLD.

    NOTE: After testing, be sure to rename HOSTS.OLD back to HOSTS.
  2. Using Notepad, create a new HOSTS file with the following line:

       127.0.0.1   test
                            

    (Without a carriage return after "test.")

  3. Save the file as HOSTS in the winnt\system32\drivers\etc\ directory.
  4. Open a Command Prompt and enter the following command: ping test

You will receive the above error message.


Additional query words: prodnt

Keywords: kbnetwork KB105998