How to assign foo.local domains with zeroconf

AJ ONeal coolaj86 at
Fri Mar 16 14:02:35 MDT 2012

I thought the whole point of mDNS was for a device on a network to be able
to advertise itself so that you can go to `ping foo-device.local` and get
it's IP address.

For example, I've got a Western Digital WorldBook that I access from any
computer on the network as `big-guy.local`.

... maybe I should just reboot it and wireshark its network traffic.

AJ ONeal

On Thu, Mar 15, 2012 at 5:52 PM, Levi Pearson <levipearson at> wrote:

> AJ ONeal <coolaj86 at> wrote:
> > Everything I've seen with mDNS / zeroconf uses XML over UDP or UDP-HTTP.
> >
> > But yes, I want an application to be able to add safe domain resolution
> > (i.e. .local, not .com) from userspace (without root).
> >
> > user visits localhost:6080
> > user selects 'alias this server as "xyz.local"'
> > user can now visit "xyz.local:6080"
> >
> > I want to vhost local webapps (with a local server)
> >
> What you are describing sounds more like UPnP's SSDP than Zeroconf's
> mDNS.  I have no idea what you'd use for SSDP in Linux.  I would
> probably avoid it.
> If you want to do Zeroconf/mDNS, you could try using Avahi.  It seems
> to be the most widely-used Zeroconf/mDNS implementation in the Linux
> world.  See here for Avahi documentation:
>        --Levi
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