[Solved] A note and question about slow hostname lookups

I reinstalled Arch recently and the first thing I noticed was slow resolve times on hostname lookups.  This didn't happen on all webpages but did on about 50% of them.  This also happened on downloads from pacman %100 percent of the time.  I have done a good bit of research and most of the points led to nssswich.  One website said to try using this in nsswitch.conf:
hosts: files[NOTFOUND=continue UNAVAIL=continue] dns [NOTFOUND=continue UNAVAIL=continue TRYAGAIN=return] nis
With this it appears (after about 20 minutes of testing) that firefox lookups are again behaving normal again.  However, pacman is still having slow lookups (about 30 seconds for each package).  Does anyone know what could be the problem here.  I dont' know much about nsswitch or how it could be the problem.  Is there a way to help return pacman to regular lookup times?
Last edited by Gen2ly (2010-11-05 18:13:34)

Yeah, no problem.
# /etc/hosts: static lookup table for host names
#<ip-address> <hostname.domain.org> <hostname>
127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost pavilion
# End of file
# The Hosts File Project http://hostsfile.mine.nu
# Global Advert Servers Blocklist - Personal Edition
# Release 2010-1-26
# Servers Verified as up and running 2010-1-26 (by dns exploration)
# Updated sorted and maintained by Andrew Short (sh0rtie)
# Contact: [email protected]
# A big thank you to all contributers (too many to mention)
# who really have made this project a success, well done :)
# Licensed under the LGPL a copy of the license may be viewed at
# http://www.gnu.org/licenses/lgpl.txt
# WARNING:
# This file is *extremely comprehensive* and some sites might be
# included here that you wish to visit, if this is the case you can
# deactivate the block on that site by placing a # (octothorpe)symbol
# before its entry, this will deactivate blocking on that server
# so for example #127.0.0.1 foobar.com
# will enable you to visit foobar.com or you can just simply delete
# the line that contains the site you wish to visit.
# NB:
# For some computer software updates you may need to disable
# this file in order to perform the update, if you have problems
# rename this file from "hosts" to "hosts.txt" reboot then perform
# the update and then rename this file back to "hosts" to re-enable it
# You must keep the below lines
127.0.0.1 localhost
127.0.0.1 007arcadegames.com
127.0.0.1 00fun.com
127.0.0.1 00inkjets.com
127.0.0.1 00pro.com
127.0.0.1 00web.com
I use the hosts files to to block advertisements which is the stuff trailing on the end and continuing.  Think there might be a problemt here?

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