How to find IP address of a machine on network?

Brian McKee brian.mckee at
Fri Jan 16 21:38:30 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 3:11 PM, Charles Darwin <DarwinsKernel at> wrote:
> I used to use nmap but then I found this on my mac (much faster for what
> we're trying to do here):
> dns-sd -B _ssh._tcp .
> This works with Zeroconf and (from man dns-sd's) supposedly comes with BSD.
> Now here are my questions:
> 1. Is there something like this unique to *nix?

Apple's version is Bonjour/Rendevous. Bonjour is avail for Windows and
Linux, but most linux these days ship Avahi (license issues)

Try avahi-browse -ta

And nmap scans for open ports, avahi/bonjour listens for broadcasting
services - quite different !


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