[avahi] General Avahi usage questions

Lennart Poettering lennart at poettering.net
Wed Feb 10 14:05:17 PST 2010

On Mon, 08.02.10 09:03, Jen Chitty (JenChitty at vtech.ca) wrote:

> avahi-autoipd assigns an IPv4 link-local address in the 169.254/16 subnet.
> The time at which avahi-autoipd runs depends upon your system's network
> configuration.  Network interfaces can be configured to only use DHCP,
> only use a static IP, or only use Avahi.  But sometimes systems are
> configured to always run avahi-autoipd on an alias network interface
> (e.g., on "eth0:avahi").

This is actually a bit misleading. Linux knows no alias ifaces
anymore, just "labelled" addresses. If you use the obsolete BSD-like
ifconfig tools this will be exposed for compat reasons as alias
ifaces. If you use the newer iproute tools (i.e. "ip addr") you'll see
the names shown properly for all adresses.


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