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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:45 am    Post subject: Use avahi to replace nmbd? Reply with quote

I'm using samba nmbd to achieve "accessing by hostname".
It's good, but is very unstable.
From time to time, I can ping my workstation's ip address but its hostname is unresolvable.

So I'm wondering maybe I can use avahi to replace nmbd?

Some questions:

1.
Is my unstable nmbd experience normal?
Is there any chance it's not nmbd's fault but caused by my wireless network?

2.
nmbd can resolve hostname directly, like "fpemud-workstation" -> "192.168.1.103"
It seems avahi can only do "fpemud-workstation.local" -> "192.168.1.103"
Is there any way I can eliminate the ".local" postfix?

3.
Applications can register to avahi through dbus or service file to publish service.
I use avahi ONLY to do hostname resolution.
Can I disable the service publishing function of it?

4.
I have avahi installed on my system even though I don't use it yet because NetworkManager depends on it.
I'm curious why nm depends on it?
For ipv4ll? But I know dhcpcd can also allocate ipv4 link-local address.
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