Documentation/Maemo PC Connectivity Tutorial/Automatic Service Publishing

Maemo PC Connectivity automatically announces Samba shares, NFS shares, SSH, X11VNC and SBRSH through Avahi. Due to this, host PCs can easily find the services available from a Maemo device. Avahi is an open-source implementation of the ZeroConf. It is used to facilitate the discovery of services on a local network. It allows a Maemo device to publish and discover services and hosts running on a local network with no specific configuration. For example, you can plug in a Maemo device to a network and a Linux or Mac OS X host PC instantly finds disk shares and other network services running on your Maemo device.

Avahi has not yet been included in Host PC Connectivity for Windows and thus automatic Maemo device service publishing does not work with Windows host PCs.

[edit] Using Avahi on Linux

First, you should install avahi-discover by executing the following command:

$ sudo apt-get install avahi-discover

Next, you can use the avahi-discover utility to see all services announced by the Maemo device, figure 7.1.

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Figure 7.1: Linux Avahi Discovery dialog

[edit] Using Avahi on Mac OS X

Samba and NFS shares from a Maemo device are automatically shown in the SHARED section of the Finder application, figure 7.2.

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Figure 7.2: Mac OS X Finder application