can't connect to .local hostnames

Maps Backward maps.backward at
Sat Jun 23 02:29:15 UTC 2012

so i think i figured out my own problem. zeroconf issue. i was lacking
avahi-daemon. i thought we had a dpkg -l somewhere but can't find it on the
wiki. in any case my old box that i upgraded from 11.10 → 12.04 had it. so
i installed it on the new box (XP → 12.04) and problem solved. is this
supposed to be installed??


On Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 12:29 AM, Maps Backward <maps.backward at>wrote:

> this is really unlikely to be an issue with Lubuntu, but you guys are
> always so helpful, i thought it might be a good place to turn.
> so here's my deal: i just got a free Asus eeePC 1005ha. it used to have XP
> on it until i wiped it and threw 12.04 on it. however, there was a problem
> connecting to .local address. the other machines in the house don't have
> this problem e.g. say my main Lubuntu box has hostname foobar and so i can
> easily ping, ssh, sftp, etc. to foobar.local with any other machine.
> well, problem still exists in Lubuntu. i'm thinking this really may be a
> problem with the machine itself considering this problem has crossed OS's
> now, but thought i'd see if anyone has any ideas.
> oh: and IP is provided by router's built-in DHCP. i know, i should
> probably disable that, but it is what it is. i have a whole boatload of
> other machines in the house right now and none of them seem to have this
> problem. i should also add that if i look at the DHCP client leases,
> there's the right IP with the right hostname. it SHOULD work. but doesn't.
> anyone??? even a suggestion of who to ask would be nice. thanks in advance,
> wxl
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