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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Resolve hostname with Arch linux on a Raspberry Pi

Note: you can change your hostname by editing: /etc/hostname

  • Install the following packages on your Raspberry Pi:

    sudo pacman -S avahi nss-mdns
    
  • Start the avahi daemon:

    sudo systemctl enable avahi-daemon.service
    sudo systemctl start avahi-daemon.service
    
  • Edit /etc/nsswitch.conf

    sudo vim /etc/nsswitch.conf
    

    Change the line:
    hosts: files myhostname dns
    to
    hosts: files myhostname mdns_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] dns

  • Reboot

From now on you will be able to access your Pi through your hostname (don’t forget to add .local).
For example:

ssh archuser@arch-pi.local

ping arch-pi.local

Reference: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/avahi