Package Details: hostsblock 0.999.8.1-1

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Package Base: hostsblock
Description: An ad- and malware-blocking utility for POSIX systems
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Keywords: adblock
Licenses: GPL
Submitter: jav209
Maintainer: jav209
Last Packager: jav209
Votes: 50
Popularity: 0.000090
First Submitted: 2012-05-03 23:18
Last Updated: 2019-04-07 21:14

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jav209 commented on 2017-08-03 15:22

Version 0.999.6 (Alpha 6) (03.08.2017)
*Fixed parsing function that falsely expected gzip
*Fixed verbosity typo
*Fixed issue with hostsblock-urlblock symlink not reading from $1
*Moved raw annotation file to cache space to improve performance and reduce non-transitory space requirements

setone commented on 2017-08-01 21:32

Excellent, working fine now.

jav209 commented on 2017-08-01 19:02

@setone: Fixed in Version 0.999.5-1!

setone commented on 2017-07-31 06:19

Issues with hostsblock-urlcheck and hostsblock -c

Please see details at


glitsj16 commented on 2017-07-28 03:34

@ jav209: symlink is fine now, thanks.

jav209 commented on 2017-07-28 02:46

@glitsj16 Corrected! Give it another whirl.

glitsj16 commented on 2017-07-28 02:37

Hi, latest PKGBUILD installs a broken symlink for hostsblock-urlcheck. This is due to the way the symlink is handled in the package() function:

ln -sf "$pkgdir"/usr/bin/hostsblock "$pkgdir"/usr/bin/hostsblock-urlcheck

should be

ln -sf /usr/bin/hostsblock "$pkgdir"/usr/bin/hostsblock-urlcheck


jav209 commented on 2017-07-27 14:00

See for a complete list of updates.

Version 0.999.4 (Alpha 4) (07.23.2017)
*Performance improvements (parallel downloads, consolidated grep calls)
*Enhanced Security (runs as unpriviledged user outside of /etc)
*Moved all scripts/libraries into single script for simplicity.
*Bug fixes!

User intervention required!

*Move (or better: modify the new default) hostsblock.conf and other config files to /var/lib/hostsblock (due to increased security practices). Make sure that these files are owned by user and group 'hostsblock' (sudo chmod -R hostsblock:hostsblock /var/lib/hostsblock)

*hostsblock uses user and group 'hostsblock' now, so various sudo priviledges will be needed to use hostsblock-urlcheck (a symlink to hostsblock -c), to write to /etc/hosts, and/or to restart your dns caching daemon. Check out the hostsblock.conf config file for details.

rpodgorny commented on 2016-04-20 17:38

soooo, here it is:

comments welcome!

rumpelsepp commented on 2015-12-29 09:16

Please add the manpages to the package: