Making .local DNS address lookups work on Ubuntu Dapper

I’ve got avahi installed on Ubuntu Dapper, so I assumed that that would make looking up foo.local address lookups work. Lots of sites say “add mdns to the hosts line in /etc/nsswitch.conf, but it wasn’t working. What is needed is an “mdns plugin” for nsswitch.conf, which is nss-mdns. Installing this (it’s the libnss-mdns package in Ubuntu) made it all work; I can now ping foo.local and it works! Yay! (not sure why it isn’t there by default…)

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