Avahi daemon ruins .local domains

This has been known for quite some time. Avahi is used service discovery like finding printers. It's similar to Mac OS X's Bonjour service. Unfortunately, when you have a .local domain (which I do) it seems to mess with things. For example, I cannot refer to anything in the .local TLD by name. So to fix it I've been just stopping the service.

sudo /etc/init.d/avahi-daemon stop

This works but isn't a permanent solution. To fully remove Avahi from startup use the update-rc.d command.

$ sudo update-rc.d -f avahi-daemon remove
 Removing any system startup links for /etc/init.d/avahi-daemon ...

This removes the script from the various run time levels and makes my life easier. For more information about this issue take a look at the Avahi and Unicast .local wiki page.