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*** Quick install instructions (tested on Debian/Ubuntu only!) ***
While "configure" and "make" may be run as normal user all other commands
need to be run as root.
Configure the build system:
$ ./configure --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var
Some configure options available:
--disable-gtk disable GTK+ tools (default: enabled)
--disable-dbus disable DBUS support (default: enabled)
--disable-python disable building python modules (default: enabled)
--with-dbus-sys=<dir> where D-BUS system.d directory is
--with-distro=<distro> the target Linux distribution (one of redhat,
suse, gentoo, debian or slackware)
--with-avahi-user=<user> User for running the Avahi daemon (avahi)
--with-avahi-group=<grp> Group for Avahi (avahi)
Please note that by disabling DBUS you lose the ability to publish and browse
services from local applications.
Please note that Avahi currently ships with a init scripts for only a few
distributions. if yours is not supported right now, YMMV. Patches welcome.
$ make
# make install
# ldconfig
Add a user an a group for avahi. (Debian specific)
# addgroup --system avahi
# adduser --system --no-create-home --ingroup avahi avahi
Ask DBUS to re-read its policies:
# kill -HUP `cat /var/run/dbus/pid`
Now start the Avahi daemon:
# /etc/init.d/avahi-daemon start
Optionally start the unicast DNS configuration daemon:
# /etc/init.d/avahi-dnsconfd start
To start the two daemons at boot time on Debian based distributions:
with DBUS support:
# ln -s /etc/init.d/avahi-daemon /etc/dbus-1/event.d/75avahi-daemon
# ln -s /etc/init.d/avahi-dnsconfd /etc/dbus-1/event.d/76avahi-dnsconfd
without DBUS support:
# update-rc.d avahi-daemon defaults 25 15
# update-rc.d avahi-dnsconfd defaults 26 14
If you plan to use avahi-autoipd you have to create the user/group
"avahi-autoipd" much the same way as "avahi".