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    It turns out that today i started trying MAMP PRO for Postfix SMTP.
    But i had and have a nasty problem.
    There's no way MAMP PRO 4.2.1 is allowed to overwrite the hosts file, and it needs to, so MAMP PRO doesn't work.
    I found no clear answer in the internet and i tried already couple of solutions with no success, like recreating the file, erasing or commenting the 127.0.0.1 localhost line, among others.
    Any ideas around?

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    When does this overwriting of the hosts file happen: when you're installing MAMP Pro, or some other "thing" you're using with it that wants to do it?

    I'm not familiar with MAMP, so don't know if there's some obvious gotcha -- just fishing here. I know that on my Mac I have to do sudo vi /etc/hosts to edit it, so wondering if some install action you're doing needs to be sudo'd, as well?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NogDog View Post
    When does this overwriting of the hosts file happen: when you're installing MAMP Pro, or some other "thing" you're using with it that wants to do it?

    I'm not familiar with MAMP, so don't know if there's some obvious gotcha -- just fishing here. I know that on my Mac I have to do sudo vi /etc/hosts to edit it, so wondering if some install action you're doing needs to be sudo'd, as well?
    No, I'm not using any spacial "thing", just MAMP PRO, and it tells me every time i want to start apache that it cannot write the hosts file. I think it needs to write there for "Name resolution".
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    Have you tried changing ownership permissions?

    I would imagine that the file being accessed would either need a SUDO access to the file and that might be a case of using BASH and a shell script to have that data added to the file that you want adding.
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    Just in case: is MAMP installed in the /Applications directory? See https://www.mamp.info/en/documentation/#q8
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