Avahi-daemon: Is It *really* Needed?

I’ve disabled it, and haven’t needed it. Here’s more on what it’s for:

So it seems you’d only need it if you want auto-discovery for printers and other devices on your network.

You should be able to disable it with:
update-rc.d avahi-daemon disable

This leaves it installed, to satisfy the dependencies you’re seeing, but causes it not to start when you reboot.

To stop it before rebooting:
service avahi-daemon stop

  1. #1 by tv.debian@googlemail.com on May 23rd, 2013 - 3:58 pm

    Hi, if you don’t use it (have no use for mdns/zeroconf stuff on your network) you can do without, I sure do. Few packages actually depend on it, most often it’s a “suggest” or “recommend”. If a metapackage depends on it (like Gnome) you can always get rid of the metapackage, it won’t remove the whole Gnome desktop environment.

    My 2 cents.

  2. #2 by Wayne Topa on May 23rd, 2013 - 6:04 pm

    Or just tell the system not yo start it in /etc/default/avahi-daemon

  3. #3 by Kevin Chadwick on July 29th, 2013 - 1:15 pm

    Personally I disagree in that I believe it should be straight forward and not be time consuming to edit a systems configuration whilst it is switched off (etc on another system). Even moreso an annoyance for me with gconftool/gsettings compared to .fvwmrc etc..

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