[avahi] using Avahi in unaware applications
nr at eecs.harvard.edu
Wed Jun 21 12:51:58 PDT 2006
> Please note that this line requires nss-mdns 0.8 to
> work. Unfortunately, Debian unstable is still at 0.7.
> The Debian maintainer seems to be vanished without a trace.
I feel your pain---same thing happened to me.
I eventually started packaging it myself on my own Debian repository.
> > But unfortunately, many applications appear not to use the glibc NSS
> > functionality: neither curl, nor ssh, nor firefox see
> > 'toller.local'.
> Works fine here.
I'll try 0.8 and let you know how it goes.
> > Even worse, I must have my system configured badly (no cacheing?),
> > because the time required to look up a *nonlocal* host is appalling...
> Hmm, have you added .local to /etc/resolv.conf? If so every non-local
> host name is first resolved with .local appended on mDNS. non-existing
> mDNS hostnames will always cause the query to time out.
No; resolv.conf looks like this:
> host(1) doesn't use any local cache. It uses unicast DNS, bypassing
> NSS or anything.
Probably my wireless router is cacheing DNS records.
> mDNS and unicast DNS are related but not really compatible. Such a
> "link" between mDNS and unicast DNS would definitely be hack and
> probably not worth the effort.
Fair enough. If both the functionality and performance problems are
resolved in libnss-mdns 0.8, that will be great!
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