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I'm just wondering what setting to change to remove the need to put .local when SSH-ing to a computer on my home network. I'm running Mac OS X 10.6 and am sitting behind an airport base station extreme and am sharing a local IP.

example:

$SSH domain.local

this works just fine I want to be able to just

$SSH domain
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Adding a search domain under the advanced network settings should provide what you are looking for. Details are at http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.5/en/14127.html

For Linux/Unix hosts, this is achieved by a search path in /etc/resolv.conf. The domain is by default in the search path, although additional items can be added with a line such as:

search localhost

Further details: http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/howto-set-dns-search-list-for-host-name-lookup/

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setting it in the preferences worked like a champ, didn't know what that pane was for, but now I do. Thanks so much! –  utahwithak May 11 '11 at 0:33
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