Re: Internet problems - avahi / .local domain
When posting, please provide more info. At least, what flavour and version of 'buntu you are using, what software recently loaded, if the problem occurred after an update, etc.
Avahi is not really that important. @grahammechanical is correct. In fact some consider it a form of software bloat and prefer to do without it. My only concern might be that its absence somehow upsets the Ubuntu ecosystem. Its absence will break some services that rely on it. For example, hplip will not successfully scan your local network for network attached printers if Avahi is nuked. No big deal because you can just point the setup program to a specific IP address, but some functionality is lost all the same. A bigger concern is that Avahi is not the problem but only a symptom of the real problem.
No network guru, I, but do:as suggested by this launchpad thread. It should return something like:
If it returns something like
Host local not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
then your ISP is capturing Avahi's .local assignation, which the ISP should not be doing. If so, this thread contains a workaround, along with advice that your ISP should be contacted and asked to stop using .local as a unicast domain.
local has SOA record...
I don't understand why any of this would prevent you from downloading VLC, but you can at least try it to see if it fixes things.
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