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# Readme for libnss_mdns

Andrew White <Andrew.White@nicta.com.au>
June 2004

Before using this software, see "Licensing" at bottom of this file.


# Introduction

This code implements a module for the Name Service Switch to perform
hostname lookups using the Darwin mDNSResponder / mdnsd.  This code has
been tested on Debian and Redhat Linux.  It may work on other platforms. 
It *will not* work on Darwin or Mac OS X - the necessary functionality is
already built into the operation system.


# Building and Installing:

See "ReadMe.txt" for instructions on building and installing.

When you run "make install" as described in that file:
o libnss_mdns-0.2.so and libnss_mdns.so.2 are installed in /lib,
o manual pages libnss_mdns(8) and nss_mdns.conf(5) are installed,
o nss_mdns.conf is installed in /etc, and
o /etc/nsswitch.conf is modified to add "mdns" on the "hosts:" line

This will cause dns lookups to be passed via mdnsd before trying the dns.


# Testing

For most purposes, 'ping myhostname.local' will tell you if mdns is
working.  If MDNS_VERBOSE was set in nss_mdns.c during compilation then
lots of chatty debug messages will be dumped to LOG_DEBUG in syslog. 
Otherwise, nss_mdns will only log if something isn't behaving quite right.


# Implementation details

libnss_mdns provides alternative back-end implementations of the libc
functions gethostbyname, gethostbyname2 and gethostbyaddr, using the Name
Service Switch mechanism.  More information on writing nsswitch modules
can be found via 'info libc "Name Service Switch"', if installed.


# Licensing

This software is licensed under the NICTA Public Software License, version
1.0, printed below:

NICTA Public Software Licence
Version 1.0

Copyright © 2004 National ICT Australia Ltd

All rights reserved.

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free of charge, to any person who obtains a copy of this software
and any associated documentation files ("the Software") to use and
deal with the Software in source code and binary forms without
restriction, with or without modification, and to permit persons
to whom the Software is furnished to do so, provided that the
following conditions are met:

- Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright
  notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimers.
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  distribution.
- The name of NICTA may not be used to endorse or promote products
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# Links:

NICTA
	http://www.nicta.com.au/
Darwin
	http://developer.apple.com/darwin/
DNS service discovery and link-local
	http://http://zeroconf.org/
	http://http://multicastdns.org/
	http://http://dns-sd.org/
	http://http://dotlocal.org/