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how is this possible?

from client:

the following works:

ajonen8940@aj-ThinkPad-T60:~$ host ubuntumedia.ubuntumediagz.local    
ubuntumedia.ubuntumediagz.local has address

this does not work:

ajonen8940@aj-ThinkPad-T60:~$ ping ubuntumedia.ubuntumediagz.local
ping: unknown host ubuntumedia.ubuntumediagz.local

this works:

ajonen8940@aj-ThinkPad-T60:~$ ping ubuntumedia
PING ubuntumedia.ubuntumediagz.local ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from ubuntumedia.ubuntumediagz.local ( icmp_req=1 ttl=64 time=4.31 ms

Here is my resolve.conf on the client:

search ubuntumediagz.local

here is nslookup:

$ nslookup ubuntumedia
Name:   ubuntumedia.ubuntumediagz.local

Thanks for any ideas.

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just found my own answer. at the client do this: Here is the solution: perform this on client machine... or just change your suffix.… This only applies to .local ... figures. – user249806 Feb 25 '14 at 3:08
It might also be good to add that the use of .local as part of a domain name is not recommended! You can find a lot of info here :… (I too believed it was common practice) – ionreflex Oct 14 '15 at 18:43

in your /etc/hosts file

add ubuntumedia.ubuntumediagz.local ubuntumedia

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You bypass bind using your /etc/hosts file... – ionreflex Oct 13 '15 at 19:01

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