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


   avahi-daemon [options]

   avahi-daemon --kill

   avahi-daemon --reload

   avahi-daemon --check


   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.


   -f | --file= FILE
          Specify   the   configuration   file    to    read.    (default:

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

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

          Increase verbosity to debug level.

          Don't  enforce resource limits as specified in the configuration
          file. (See setrlimit(2) for more information)

          Don't drop root  privileges  after  startup  and  don't  require
          daemon  to  be  started  as  root.  We recommend not to use this

          Don't chroot(2) the daemon. This option is only  available  when
          compiled with chroot() support.

          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

   -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


   /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.


   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.


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


   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.


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


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