zeroconf and kubuntu

Derek Broughton news at
Wed Jun 6 12:17:17 UTC 2007

Donatas G. wrote:

> How is zeroconf networking supposed to work on Kubuntu? Do I have to
> specify something in the settings for my computer to automatically obtain
> IP address when connected to another computer?
> I tried to simply connect two computers with a cable, then waited for them
> to find each other and choose IP addresses. Nothing happened...
> Do I need to do something else? Or, was it a problem that one computer has
> Kubuntu feisty, and the other - Kubuntu edgy (with avahi enabled, able to
> announce services, etc)?

That's how it's supposed to work, afaik, and it does that on my system, even
when I don't want it to.  What the other system has shouldn't matter. 
aiui, when a network connection comes up it will first try to get an IP via
dhcp, and if that fails assign an IP that it can't find on the local net. 
So it doesn't care what else is on the network.  In my case, zeroconf
starts when I can connect to my wireless network, but the upstream router
has no connection to the Internet - and so won't serve up an IP address. 
The only other hosts on that network, in that case, are the wireless router
and a satellite modem, both running non-ubuntu versions of linux.

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