[CentOS] Is avahi essential?

John R Pierce pierce at hogranch.com
Wed Jan 11 21:22:18 UTC 2012

On 01/11/12 6:03 AM, Les Mikesell wrote:
> It is for devices with IP, but to find names that aren't officially
> registered in a DNS server.  For example if you have a Playstation 3,
> or a newer blu-ray player that supports network streaming it will use
> DHCP to get an address.  But then suppose you install your own DLNA
> media server like ps3mediaserver (or have windows 7 home premium which
> includes one).   Without registering your new server name in DNS, the
> device will be able to find the service if it is on the same lan.  I
> think Macs use it to find printers too.

its to find SERVICES that aren't registered in regular DNS, not hostnames.

for instance, yes, said playstation will ask "are there any media 
servers out here?" and get the IPs of them so it can query them, ge 
their capabilities, and display them to the user as sources for 

john r pierce                            N 37, W 122
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