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Gas Mask is a simple hosts file manager. It enables you to edit hosts files and switch between them.

What's New

Version 0.8:
  • Bug Fixes

Requirements

OS X 10.6 or later

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Xenophile Member IconReview+694
Xenophile
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Awesome! Gas Mask not only edits hosts files with ease, it also manages multiple hosts files. I like that it stays out of the way unless I'm using it, unlike another hosts file editor that plops itself in my System Preferences pane.

The icon is the ultimate in cool. I put it in my dock just to show it off.

Works fine in Mavericks 10.9.3.

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Version 0.8
Kobalt Member IconReview+464
Kobalt
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Makes it so-o easy to edit my host file!

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Version 0.8
Istra Member IconReview+42
Istra
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new version (0.8) functioning OK on Mavericks OSX 10.9.3 is out at:

http://github.com/2ndalpha/gasmask

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Version 0.6
sambear1965 Member IconComment+1
sambear1965
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Is this utility abandonware?

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Version 0.6
Cowicide
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I just got an update alert for 0.7 that just popped up (not listed here a MU yet, however). So, it doesn't appear to be abandonware.

Jeepster Member IconReview+6
Jeepster
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A most excellent useful utility that makes editing the hosts file child's play.

Three minor issues that I have:-

1. using this utility adds and additional 'Permissions Repair' job to OS X's permission repair procedure when executed from Disk Utility. There is a permission repair for the 'hosts file' that never goes away every single time permission repair is executed. It is perpetual.

2. Not sure why, but if I click on setting within Gas Mask the setting windows won't show unless I open the editor window and then suddenly both windows open. This never happened on a previous version (a few versions back I think).... Or is it the other way round, i.e. click on settings to get the editor window open; I'm not 100% because I've just reinstalled Mac OS X & Bootcamp and have yet to install Gas Mask back as well as many other apps.

3. If I remember correctly, Gas Mask may not always automatically run upon 'log-in/boot up' even though start with login is enabled.

Otherwise an excellent utility and a must have if above could be remedied.

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Version 0.6
Wickedsp1d3r Member IconComment+124
Wickedsp1d3r
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The latest version (0.7) is somewhat broken. The app opens but no visible window is shown. I have to manually stop the process to make it quit.

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Version 0.6
BigJohnson
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I just updated to 0.7 and I don't see any difference. The app was always a bit hard to find until I got used to it - I too didn't think it was running because there was no window open. I'd try to open it several times, getting more annoyed with each attempt. Then I found the icon in my menu bar, and it's been all good since. It's the same for 0.7: click the icon, then click Show Editor Window.

Unfortunately, for the sites I've blocked a browser window still opens. But at least the page doesn't load - I end up with a page that says "Safari can't connect." Guess that's still better than seeing an ad, many of which are loud and obnoxious.

Wickedsp1d3r
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Aha, I should have noticed it. Thanks for the clarification!

GeoProf
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Where can I obtain v. 0.7? It’s nowhere to be found on the developer’s website.

MisterE Member IconComment+530
MisterE
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A good addition would be a button to flush the dnscacheutil or a preference to do it when the app is quit perhaps.

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Version 0.6
BigJohnson
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I think I probably got v0.7 by using the updater, so give that a try.

Intelligentdna Member IconReview+1
Intelligentdna
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Excellent... simple and it works. I switch hosts files constantly as I develop on my local server but want to keep domain references when I move the files to the live server.

I was about to say it'd be nice to have a menubar selection for my hosts files... then I looked at the menubar... it's there.

Well thought out... well executed... I'm off to the developer's site to donate.

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Version 0.6
JCH2 Member IconReview+393
JCH2
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Exceptional, though there are three things I would like to see added or addressed.

First, it shouldn't need to run resident if the host file is truly being reinitiated via a cache flush.

Second, it is quite slow to launch, though in part that might be that I'm using a hefty host file with additions from some of the adblock IP sites out there.

Third, and this is a very minor idea, it might be nice for some who are timid about this kind of thing to have a little "wizard" dialogue that walks a timid newbie through adding and entry to the end of the hosts list.

Again, this is a breath of fresh air... and eases the process of being add-free beyond just a browser plug-in. I have multiple browsers and web-access programs that are now more free of bandwidth parasites!

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Version 0.5.1
Olivia G Member IconComment+1
Olivia G
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I downloaded gasmask onto my OS X version 10.6.7 and it didnt work. A default page came up (MT Media Temple server default page). It stopped me from seeing my live website and from seeing the website that was in progress of being built. My website it now live and I can't see it or access the admin page. I tried taking gasmask off my computer (by trashing it and emptying the trash). I emptied the cache and reset safari but it still wont let me view the admin page of my website. Have I done something wrong in the way I have deleted Gas Mask? Are the codes that I loaded still in the system somewhere. HELP!

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Version 0.5.1
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Version 0.8
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AnthoLogic
Version 0.8
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mmartinez74
Version 0.6
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Peter65
Version 0.5.1
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Version 0.5.1
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Version 0.5
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Downloads 114,845
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Date 23 Jun 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
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