resolving .local addresses

sktsee sktsee at
Sat Jun 27 15:05:30 UTC 2009

On Fri, 2009-06-26 at 22:42 -0700, Bill Moseley wrote:
> I'm moving to zeronconf discovery for my host names on the LAN.
> I added search paths for my domain and also "local".
> $ cat /etc/resolv.conf 
> domain
> search local
> nameserver
> "bumby2" has a zeroconf host name bumby2.local, so with the above I
> see:
> $ host -v bumby2
> Trying ""
> Trying "bumby2.local"
> Trying "bumby2"
> Host bumby2 not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
> Received 99 bytes from in 17 ms
> Yet,
> $ ping bumby2.local
> PING bumby2.local ( 56(84) bytes of data.
> 64 bytes from bumby2.local ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=1.68
> ms
> $ cat /etc/nsswitch.conf  | grep hosts
> hosts:          files mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] dns mdns4
> Tried changing the order, but no luck.  Anyone know if I can get host
> names qualified with .local?
/etc/default/avahi-daemon has the following:
# 1 = Try to detect unicast dns servers that serve .local and disable
#avahi in  that case, 0 = Don't try to detect .local unicast dns
#servers, can cause troubles on misconfigured networks


I'm not sure since I don't use avahi, but judging from the above info,
it looks like avahi-daemon will disable itself by default if it detects
that there's a dns server on the LAN serving .local. Perhaps setting the
variable to 0 would work.

You might also look into avahi-dnsconfd if you haven't already.

$ apt-cache show avahi-dnsconfd
This tool listens on the network for announced DNS servers and passes
them to resolvconf so it can use them. This is very useful on
autoconfigured IPv6 networks.



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