[ardour-users] startup: ubuntu/debian [SOLVED]

Jack O'Quin jack.oquin at gmail.com
Sun Jul 22 15:59:29 PDT 2007

On 7/22/07, Atte André Jensen <atte.jensen at gmail.com> wrote:
> I mailed with Sean Bolton (the author of ghostess) and with help I was
> able to narrow it down to /etc/nsswitch.conf, which under ubuntu read:
> atte at ajstrup:~$ grep hosts /etc/nsswitch.conf
> hosts:          files mdns4_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] dns mdns4
> However, I found that under my old debian setup this line read
> hosts:          files dns
> I changed this line to match the debian setup, and voila ghostess (and
> ardour) starts up exactly as fast as before!!!!!
> Now I just have to sit back and wait to see what part of my ubuntu
> system I broke by changing that line :-)

The mdns stands for "multicast DNS".  It is used for zeroconf, a local
network configuration protocol based on Apple's bonjour (formerly

The current Linux zeroconf implementation is called avahi.  Overall,
it seems to work fairly well and can be quite useful in certain situations,
especially in local networks including Apple Macs and many newer
network-attached printers.

The drastic slowdown in DNS you noted is really the only serious
problem I've noticed (so far).  Your fix is the recommended solution.

If you don't need zeroconf, I don't believe you will notice any problems
as a result of that change.

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