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NAME

       avahi-daemon - The Avahi mDNS/DNS-SD daemon

SYNOPSIS

       avahi-daemon [options]

       avahi-daemon --kill

       avahi-daemon --reload

       avahi-daemon --check

DESCRIPTION

       The  Avahi  mDNS/DNS-SD daemon implements Apple's Zeroconf architecture
       (also known as "Rendezvous" or "Bonjour"). The daemon  registers  local
       IP addresses and static services using mDNS/DNS-SD and provides two IPC
       APIs for local programs to make use of the mDNS record cache the avahi-
       daemon  maintains. First there is the so called "simple protocol" which
       is used  exclusively  by  avahi-dnsconfd  (a  daemon  which  configures
       unicast  DNS servers using server info published via mDNS) and nss-mdns
       (a libc NSS plugin, providing name resolution via mDNS). Finally  there
       is  the D-Bus interface which provides a rich object oriented interface
       to D-Bus enabled applications.

       Upon   startup   avahi-daemon   interprets   its   configuration   file
       /etc/avahi/avahi-daemon.conf    and    reads    XML    fragments   from
       /etc/avahi/services/*.service which may define static DNS-SD  services.
       If  you enable publish-resolv-conf-dns-servers in avahi-daemon.conf the
       file /etc/resolv.conf will be read, too.

OPTIONS

       -f | --file= FILE
              Specify   the   configuration   file    to    read.    (default:
              /etc/avahi/avahi-daemon.conf)

       -D | --daemonize
              Daemonize after startup. Implies --syslog.

       -s | --syslog
              Log to syslog instead of STDERR. Implied by --daemonize.

       --debug
              Increase verbosity to debug level.

       --no-rlimits
              Don't  enforce resource limits as specified in the configuration
              file. (See setrlimit(2) for more information)

       --no-drop-root
              Don't drop root  privileges  after  startup  and  don't  require
              daemon  to  be  started  as  root.  We recommend not to use this
              option.

       --no-chroot
              Don't chroot(2) the daemon. This option is only  available  when
              compiled with chroot() support.

       --no-proc-title
              Don't  change the process name while running. Unless this option
              is specified avahi-daemon will reflect its current state and the
              selected host name in the process title.

       -k | --kill
              Kill  an  already running avahi-daemon. (equivalent to sending a
              SIGTERM)

       -r | --reload
              Tell an already running avahi-daemon to reread  /etc/resolv.conf
              (in  case  you enabled publish-resolv-conf-dns-servers in avahi-
              daemon.conf) the files from  /etc/avahi/services/.  Please  note
              that  this  will  not  reload  the /etc/avahi/avahi-daemon.conf.
              (equivalent to sending a SIGHUP)

       -c | --check
              Return 0 as return code when avahi-daemon is already running.

       -h | --help
              Show help

       -v | --version
              Show version information

FILES

       /etc/avahi/avahi-daemon.conf: the default configuration file for avahi-
       daemon, avahi-daemon.conf(5) for more information.

       /etc/avahi/hosts:  additional  static  hostname  mappings to publish in
       mDNS, see avahi.hosts(5) for more information.

       /etc/avahi/services/*.service:   static   service   definitions,    see
       avahi.service(5) for more information.

SIGNALS

       SIGINT, SIGTERM: avahi-daemon will shutdown. (Same as --kill).

       SIGHUP:   avahi-daemon   will  reload  unicast  DNS  server  data  from
       /etc/resolv.conf    and     static     service     definitions     from
       /etc/avahi/services/. (Same as --reload)

       SIGUSR1: avahi-daemon will dump local and remote cached resource record
       data to syslog.

AUTHORS

       The Avahi Developers <avahi (at) lists (dot)  freedesktop  (dot)  org>;
       Avahi is available from http://avahi.org/

SEE ALSO

       avahi-daemon.conf(5),    avahi.hosts(5),    avahi.service(5),    avahi-
       dnsconfd(8), avahi-set-host-name(1)

       http://avahi.org/wiki/AvahiAndUnicastDotLocal  documents  the  problems
       when using Avahi in a unicast DNS zone .local.

COMMENTS

       This man page was written using xml2man(1) by Oliver Kurth.