Most DNS tools (like dig and nslookup) perform IP lookups against DNS servers, ignoring
/etc/hosts entries. Luckily, OS X provides the
dscacheutil command to perfom a number of functions including checking local host entries. Below is an example that I used to verify the hostname/IP address combo that my system had registered in
This command helped me resolve an issue I was having. Turns out I had two entries for the host.
$ dscacheutil -q host -a name dashboard.drupalvm.dev