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I set up cups and avahi on FreeBSD 8.0. However cups printer does not shows in avahi-browse -a on client (other things like ssh server are shown). Additionally if I try to run avahi-browse -a on server it does not succeed:

# avahi-browse -a
Failed to create client object: Daemon not running

CUPS is built with avahi support. Dbus is running. Cups have sharing enabled in web interface.

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What exactly are the lines in cupsd.conf which configure BrowseRemoteProtocols and BrowseLocalProtocols? What are the other Browse*...-Settings? (I.o.w.: grep Browse /etc/cups/cupsd.conf results). There should appear a dnssd in the results... Next, set LogLevel debug2 (and revert back after you're finished testing), restart cupsd, and then grep -iE '(dnssd|dns_sd)' /var/log/cups/error_log. – Kurt Pfeifle Aug 8 '10 at 9:51
Here's a (still unresolved) bug regarding avahi support in CUPS' tracker: -- and here's one in Ubuntu's tracker: (Both of these have suggested patches). – Kurt Pfeifle Aug 8 '10 at 9:55

For second problem, add avahi daemon to autostart and run it:

PH34R# echo "avahi_daemon_enable=YES" >> /etc/rc.conf
PH34R# /usr/local/etc/rc.d/avahi-daemon start
Starting avahi-daemon.
PH34R# avahi-browse -a
+   bge0 IPv4 PH34R                      _workstation._tcp    local
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The avahi daemon is enabled & is running (verified by pgrep & appearance on Linux) – Maciej Piechotka Aug 11 '10 at 16:44
Is there a firewall on server? – SaveTheRbtz Aug 12 '10 at 8:19
Ups. Sorry - I haven't got message. Yes but it was tested without. – Maciej Piechotka Aug 18 '10 at 10:47
Hmm. avahi-browse -a started working after upgrade to 8.1 – Maciej Piechotka Aug 20 '10 at 10:35

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