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    ssh won't resolve host.local host names
    Hi, I tried to ssh to my laptop this morning (both machines on my home network) using the host name sumomo.local (where sumomo is the name of my laptop) The strange thing is that I am able to ping sumomo.local, but when I try to ssh it says that the host name cannot be resolved. The laptop is running ubuntu 9.04 and this method works from my laptop to my desktop just fine. I cannot remember if I have ever done it this way before, I just always assumed it would work. Thanks for any help you can give.

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    Specs:
    MBP 2.33 4GB: MacPro 8 Core 2.8, 16GB: MacMini 2.26 4GB: MacMin 2.53 4GB: iPhone3GS 32GB
    The '.local' designator is typically used as the default domain for the Bonjour protocol. Is your desktop a Mac running OSX? Are you running an Apple router?

    You may want to look at this

    Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5: How to look up ".local" hostnames via both Bonjour and standard DNS

    to get an overview of how Bonjor works and some of the issues you may run into.

    Sounds like it may be a conflict in the names/protocols being used.

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    Thanks for this link, I'll read it over and post if I find a solution.

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    adding local to the DNS Search Domains might have fixed this. Thanks.

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