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Thread: Knoppix 7.0.5 and Ahavi setup

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    Knoppix 7.0.5 and Ahavi setup

    Hello,
    I am trying to get XBMC working on Knoppix, such that I connect to it from an iPad using remote control for xbmc.
    I need to setup Zeroconf in order to have my Knoppix being discovered on my local network.
    I can connect to internet from my Knoppix/XBMC machine without any problem.

    To setup avahi on Knoppix, I edited:
    - /etc/localhost to a give it 'xbmcknoppix' as name.
    - /etc/nsswitch.conf to have:
    hosts: files mdns4_minimal dns mdns4
    - /etc/default/avahi-daemon to have:
    AVAHI_DAEMON_START=1

    But following command fails:
    ping xbmcknoppix.local

    Any help in getting that working is more than welcome

    Also i would like to understand, how I check if:
    - knoppix 7 is using systemd, sysvinit or both?
    - DBUS is running and working?
    - if there is a firewall active?
    - to ensure Avahi can open port UDP 5353?
    - NetworkManager create problems with avahi?

    This the documentation I used to try get avahi work:
    http://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/Avahi
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowToZeroconf
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Anahi

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    If you want to find out if avahi daemon is running you could issue
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/avahi-daemon status
    I think that you should add the service 'avahi-daemon' to the SERVICES string in /etc/rc.local, e.g.
    Code:
    SERVICES="cups avahi-daemon"
    Reboot your xbmcknoppix and try again to connect to that system.

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    Thanks just tried it. Now i have avahi running. Also i double checked that dbus is running
    Also i have to add into my /etc/avahi/avahi.host, following line: 127.0.0.1 xbmcknoppix.local
    Now calling "ping xbmcknoppix.local" works.
    But I still cannot access my knoppix from any other Pc on my local network. Having XBMC running a web server on 8080, I checked on knoppix with wget http://10.10.10.100:8080 that it serves html pages. Now doing the same from any Pc on my network don't return anything?
    Note, knoppix is installed on harddrive.
    Any idea why other Pc cannot access my knoppix services (i.e. Web or Avahi)?

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    I am running Knoppix 7.0.5 CD inside a virtual machine (Oracle VirtualBox) on a Windows 7 host.

    The virtual machine has to be part of my local network. Therefore I use a network bridge connected to the WLAN adapter on the host. The virtual machine receives its IP address from the local DHCP service in the router.

    The configuration file /etc/nsswitch.conf has got a line
    Code:
    hosts: files mdns4_minimal dns mdns4
    The /etc/default/avahi.conf has two lines
    Code:
    AVAHI_DAEMON_DETECT_LOCAL=1
    AVAHI_DAEMON_START=1
    In the file /etc/hostname I changed Microknoppix to the new name 'vboxknoppix'.
    I edited the file /etc/hosts and changed 'Microknoppix' to the new name 'vboxknoppix'.
    In /etc/rc.local I added 'avahi-daemon' to the SERVICES string so that it is started automatically.

    I rebooted the virtual machine. Now I can reach that system within the local network under its name 'vboxknoppix.local'. Example: tomcat6 runs inside the virtual machine listening on port 8080. http://vboxknoppix.local:8080 lets me connect to that service.

    Maybe this short description can help you a bit further.

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