Avahi

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Download Source: http://avahi.org/download/avahi-0.6.25.tar.gz

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Introduction to Avahi

According to Avahi's site: Avahi is a system which facilitates service discovery on a local network. This means that you can plug your laptop or computer into a network and instantly be able to view other people who you can chat with, find printers to print to or find files being shared. This kind of technology is already found in Apple MacOS X (branded Rendezvous, Bonjour and sometimes Zeroconf) and is very convenient. Avahi is mainly based on Lennart Poettering's flexmdns mDNS implementation for Linux which has been discontinued in favour of Avahi.

Project Homepage: http://www.avahi.org/

Dependencies

See http://www.avahi.org/wiki/DownloadAvahi#Requirements for more information.

Required

Recommended

Optional

Avahi Users/Groups

The avahi user is running the Avahi daemon:

groupadd -g 20 avahi &&
useradd -c "Avahi Daemon User" -d /dev/null \
        -u 20 -g avahi -s /bin/false avahi

The avahi-autoipd user/group is for running the avahi-autoipd daemon:

groupadd -g 21 avahi-autoipd &&
useradd -c "Avahi AutoIP Daemon User" -d /dev/null \
        -u 21 -g avahi-autoipd -s /bin/false avahi-autoipd

The netdev group is a priviliged access group for Avahi clients:

groupadd -g 22 netdev

Configure Options

If you do not have any of following packages installed pass the appropriate options to configure:

--disable-glib
--disable-qt3
--disable-qt4
--disable-gtk
--disable-dbus
--disable-expat
--disable-mono --disable-monodoc

If you want to enable the HOWL compat layer:

--enable-compat-howl

If you want to enable to libdns_sd compat layer:

--enable-compat-libdns_sd

Non-Multilib

Compile the package:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc \
    --localstatedir=/var --with-distro=none &&
make

Install the package

make install

Multilib

32Bit

Compile the package:

CC="gcc ${BUILD32}" CXX="g++ ${BUILD32}" \
PKG_CONFIG_PATH="${PKG_CONFIG_PATH32}" USE_ARCH=32 \
./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc \
    --localstatedir=/var --with-distro=none &&
make

Install the package

make install

N32

Compile the package:

CC="gcc ${BUILDN32}" CXX="g++ ${BUILDN32}" \
PKG_CONFIG_PATH="${PKG_CONFIG_PATHN32}" USE_ARCH=n32 \
./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc \
    --localstatedir=/var --libdir=/usr/lib32 \
    --with-distro=none &&
make

Install the package

make install

64Bit

Compile the package:

CC="gcc ${BUILD64}" CXX="g++ ${BUILD64}" \
PKG_CONFIG_PATH="${PKG_CONFIG_PATH64}" USE_ARCH=64 \
./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc \
    --localstatedir=/var --libdir=/usr/lib64 \
    --with-distro=none &&
make

Install the package

make install

Contents

Installed Directories: /usr/include/avahi-ui, /etc/avahi, /usr/include/avahi-compat-howl, /usr/include/avahi-compat-libdns_sd, /usr/share/avahi, /usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/avahi, /usr/include/avahi-client, /usr/include/avahi-qt3, /usr/include/avahi-core, /usr/include/avahi-glib, usr/include/avahi-common
Installed Programs: bssh, avahi-autoipd, avahi-bookmarks, avahi-discover, avahi-browse, avahi-resolve, avahi-publish, avahi-set-host-name, avahi-dnsconfd, avahi-daemon, avahi-discover-standalone
Installed Libraries: libavahi-ui.{a,la,so}, libhowl.{a,la,so}, libdns_sd.{a,la,so}, libavahi-client.{a,la,so}, libavahi-qt3.{a,la,so}, libavahi-core.{a,la,so}, libavahi-glib.{a,la,so}, libavahi-common.{a,la,so}

Configuring

Bootscript

There currently isn't a pre-written bootscript for avahi-autoipd and avahi-dnsconfd.

  • avahi-daemon - The Avahi mDNS/DNS-SD daemon.
  • avahi-autoipd - IPv4LL network address configuration daemon. For use in an ad-hoc network where there is a lack of a DHCP server.
  • avahi-dnsconfd - Unicast DNS server from mDNS/DNS-SD configuration daemon. Connects to a running avahi-daemon and runs the script /etc/avahi/dnsconfd.action for each unicast DNS server that is announced on the local LAN.
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