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avahi-daemon(8)		    System Manager's Manual	       avahi-daemon(8)

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  uni-
       cast  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  dae-
	      mon 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/re-
       solv.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.

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