atom feed3 messages in org.freedesktop.lists.avahi[avahi] avahi and campus wide mDNS
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Nathan MerrittOct 2, 2007 12:07 pm 
Robin PerkinsOct 2, 2007 10:24 pm 
Martijn VerwijmerenOct 3, 2007 12:09 am 
Subject:[avahi] avahi and campus wide mDNS
From:Martijn Verwijmeren (
Date:Oct 3, 2007 12:09:32 am

I would think he only needs the "reflector" part, not full Wide Area SD.

I the file "/etc/avahi/avahi-daemon.conf" find the part:

[reflector] #enable-reflector=no

and change it to:

[reflector] enable-reflector=yes

But maybe he has already done that and he is complaining it doesn't work as espected. I can't determine that from his half complete problem description.


On Wed, 3 Oct 2007 15:24:09 +1000 Robin Perkins <robin.perkins at> wrote:

Sounds like what you really want is a Wide Area Service Discovery. You can read about this here:

At the moment Avahi is only able to browse Wide Area services and is unable to publish them. (Bonjour as used in Mac OS X and Windows can publish).

I wouldn't mind knowing how the Avahi wide are publishing support is coming along.... (/me pokes the devs).

On 03/10/2007, at 5:07 AM, Nathan Merritt wrote:

Hey Folks,

After a recent set of network upgrades, our campus network was fragmented into several subnets for better security and isolation of problem spots. Unfortunately, this means that students can no longer browse iTunes etc across the entire campus, and when on the wireless can't see any shares at all.

So far, I have all mDNS packets generated from a test computer lab forwarded to a central Linux box running Avahi. The hope is that since this box can receive from the entire network, and since all queries are forwarded to it across campus they can be responded to accordingly. Although I've observed the packets from several macs in the lab being received by the linux server, an 'avahi-browse -a' doesn't pick up any of the mac iTunes shares.

What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.