Blocklist manages /etc/hosts with the goal of routing distracting websites to localhost. It also works well as an ad blocker.
You'll need read/write access to /etc/hosts to make this work. It might also be a good idea to keep a backup of /etc/hosts, just in case. Keeping it in a git repo works for me. YMMV.
Blocklist makes a couple of assumtions about how /etc/hosts is set up. Here's a typical dummy file:
# localhost 127.0.0.1 localhost 255.255.255.255 broadcasthost ::1 localhost # disabled # 127.0.0.1 example.org
The above shows that there are blocks of lines, separated by one or more blank lines. Each of these blocks starts with a single comment that names it. Commented-out blocks are prefixed with “# ”; hash-space.
List all blocks
$ blocklist list localhost ads disabled
Toggle a block to be commented-out or not
$ blocklist toggle disabled # localhost 127.0.0.1 localhost 255.255.255.255 broadcasthost ::1 localhost # disabled 127.0.0.1 example.org
Add a domain
Add a domain to a new or existing block. It automatically adds the subdomain you specified, but it also adds the full domain and the www. subdomain. There is support for domains on a TLD that always have a subdomain. The only one that is added out of the box is .co.uk. When you need more, please submit a patch.
$ blocklist add someblock news.example.org # localhost 127.0.0.1 localhost 255.255.255.255 broadcasthost ::1 localhost # disabled 127.0.0.1 example.org # someblock 127.0.0.1 news.example.org example.org www.example.org
You'll need rspec and fakefs to get the specs running.
Patches are always welcome. Please add tests or specs and create a github issue or send a pull request.
Wes 'Narnach' Oldenbeuving <github.com/Narnach>