resolve hostname to IP our vice versa with less output

hostresult=$(host -t A; echo "${hostresult##* }"
The host command comes with the bind-utils package, which is has a better chance to be installed than resolveip from mysql. The last word of the query result is displayed, which is the last result host got. This works with CNAMEs. You get "3(NXDOMAIN)" in case of failure.
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By: kilx
2011-04-21 10:16:50

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