The Import screen is where you would bring the contents of your existing HOSTS file or files downloaded from the Internet into your Hostess database.

File to Import
Type or select the text file to import.
Choose the format of the file being imported as HOSTS or Plain Text. The HOSTS format is used for the HOSTS file itself, where comments are indicated by a pound-sign (#), and lines containing host entries must start with an IP address. One or more host names follow the IP address, and must be separated by at least a single space or tab character. Plain Text format files are expected to have one hostname per line and comments are denoted by the indicator set in Preferences.
Default Group
Select a group that bad hosts will be placed in if a group is not otherwise chosen for them.
Create new groups as needed from comments in the import file
If selected, comments found in the import file will be added as groups and all hosts that follow them will be placed into that group.
Assign unrecognized/new groups to the default group
When selected, a comment that matches an existing group name will cause the hosts that follow to be assigned to the matching group. Hosts that follow comments that don't match an existing group will be added to the default group.
Assign ALL imported hosts to the default group
If selected, comments in the import file are ignored and all hosts are assigned to the default group.
Allow the import to change an exiting host's group assignment
If checked, an existing bad host can have its group assignment changed if the import file has it listed under a different group. Uncheck this to prevent group assignments from changing. A host currently in a group marked for exclusion from the HOSTS file will not be moved unless the new group is also excluded from HOSTS.
Add hosts with normal IP addresses to the Good Hosts list
If checked, hosts in the import file with an IP address other than, or the value chosen as the HOSTS file IP address preference will be considered Good Hosts and added to that list along with the provided IP address. If unchecked, all imported hosts are added to the Bad Hosts list regardless of IP address. Plain text format files are assumed to contain only bad hosts since they don't have an IP address.
Allow IP address updates to existing Good Hosts
If checked, a good host can have its IP address changed by the import file. Uncheck this to prevent any changes to good host IP addresses.
Allow hosts to be moved between Good and Bad
If checked, a bad host imported with a valid IP address will be moved to the good hosts list. An existing good host that is imported with a blocking IP address will be removed from the good hosts list and relisted as a bad host.
Delete unused groups after import (Group Cleanup)
Often, there are extra, meaningless comments found in an import file that are used to create groups. Many of these will not have any hosts assigned to them. Check this box to delete any groups that contain no hosts after the import.
Create and view an Import Report
Checking this will create a report of the selected activity during the import. You can choose to include New hosts added to the database, Duplicates that were ignored during the import, and Updates to existing hosts. The report always includes any errors found in the import file, such as improperly formatted lines or invalid IP addresses. This file will be viewed in the preferred text editor when the import is complete.
Write HOSTS after import
After the import is complete, your database is updated but your HOSTS file hasn't changed. Check this option to perform a Write HOSTS when the import has finished so the changes go into effect right away.

Press the Import button to start the import once all options have been selected. The counts wlll be updated as the import file is processed.

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