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I'm using debian squeeze on my laptop, network is autoconfigured by DHCP(dhclient/network manager), Monowall is running on my home DSL router, the dns forwarder software is dnsmasq. I've added an A record for my wifi ap "ap.local" =>

When i dig for ap.local, it returns me the good IP:

; <<>> DiG 9.7.3 <<>> ap.local
;; global options: +cmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 9371
;; flags: qr aa rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

;ap.local.          IN  A

ap.local.       0   IN  A

;; Query time: 2 msec
;; WHEN: Wed Feb 29 16:32:28 2012
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 42

But when i ping ap.local the result is:

ping: unknown host ap.local

i can't use this name in my apps, nevertheless i can ping and use "ap"

Is there anyone here who can help me ?

here is my resolv.conf:

# Generated by NetworkManager
domain local
search local
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Edit the /etc/hosts file and add this line to it: ap.local
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