Bug#626736: general: can't ping windows machine by name
Excuse me for my poor English :-)
I had the next situation some time ago: several computers with Windows and one GNU/Linux system connected to router with DHCP server. DHCP server dynamically assign IP addresses to this machines.
Address of machine is depend of order in what machines turn on.
One of this machines have a printer that is available from network.
All windows systems can use this printer without any problems. GNU/Linux have a problem of course.
I should write correct URI of windows machine with printer to CUPS.
I can't use name of machine because GNU/Linux is not support NETBIOS name resolution by default.
IMHO it is great secret for typical user that it can be enabled througth nsswith.conf.
I can't use IP address in URI also because address is dynamic.
Please see bug 437534 also.
-- System Information:
Debian Release: 6.0.1
APT prefers proposed-updates
APT policy: (500, 'proposed-updates'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=ru_RU.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=ru_RU.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash