[CentOS] Is avahi essential?

Florin Andrei florin at andrei.myip.org
Thu Jan 12 01:10:55 UTC 2012

On 01/11/2012 06:03 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.

Wait a sec, I have that setup (just mediatomb instead of ps3mediaserver) 
and there's no avahi on my network. Yet the PS3 is perfectly capable of 
discovering and using the DLNA server.

It might be useful for *something* but it doesn't appear to be required 
in this case.

Florin Andrei

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