accessing DHCP connected hosts by name vs IP

Colin Law clanlaw at
Sat Dec 24 19:41:09 UTC 2011

On 24 December 2011 18:23, Jay Ridgley <jridgley2 at> wrote:
> Folks,
> I know that if a host is connected via a static connection and is in the
> /etc/hosts file by name and IP, it may be accessed by name when using ssh
> and sftp.
> How can I or is it possible, to do the same for a host connected via DHCP?
> For example: My laptop (hostname kodiak) has the following entry in
> /etc/hosts:
> kodiak
> When connected with a cat 5 cable it can be accessed simply by ssh kodiak,
> however, when connected via DHCP I must use ssh (the assigned
> IP address on my local network).
> I would rather only use the hostname. Once connected with ssh it does show
> as kodiak, so it is identified as expected. I just can not ssh kodiak with a
> wireless connection.

Try using
ssh kodiak.local


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