openssh-server should broadcast availability via avahi

Bug #387091 reported by Mario Limonciello on 2009-06-14
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
openssh (Debian)
openssh (Fedora)
openssh (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Avahi has support to advertise to a network different running services. Currently openssh doesn't advertise itself dynamically or statically when installed.

It can be done statically by copying the example file from /usr/share/doc/avahi-daemon/examples to /etc/avahi/services or by using the avahi-publish command. avahi-publish could be ran from the SSH init script, or this service file can be installed by the openssh-server package.

This can be done dynamically by patching openssh, but there would have to be a buy in from upstream to do this.

Changed in openssh (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
Thierry Carrez (ttx) on 2009-07-28
Changed in openssh (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in openssh (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Bruno Nova (brunonova) wrote :

It would be really nice if openssh-server would publish via Avahi the SSH and SFTP services by default.
Examples of both services are provided in /usr/share/doc/avahi-daemon/examples/.

Publishing the SFTP service would be great because Nautilus (and other file managers, I suppose) lists, in it's Network "folder", all computers that are publishing that service, allowing to easily connect to those computers via SFTP and transfer files, much like Samba (no guest access, though).

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