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the_rock 02-27-2008 01:14 AM

Cannot create an IPv6 (alias IP) using ifconfig RHEL 4 AS/ES
 
Hello there,
Thank you very much for viewing this thread.

Currently I'm porting my application from Solaris 10 to RHEL 4 AS.
I'm having a problem in creating an IPv6 alias interface in the RHEL4 environment.

# uname -a
Linux harrier 2.6.9-55.ELsmp #1 SMP Fri Apr 20 16:36:54 EDT 2007 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
# cat /etc/issue
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS release 4 (Nahant Update 5)
Kernel \r on an \m


Question 1:
Why is it when using the "ifconfig" command you can successfully
create an IPv4 alias interface (Ex. eth0:1). But, when it comes to creating an IPv6 alias interface, the logical interface (Ex. eth0:10)
specified with the ifconfig command is not created.
Kindly view the execution below.

*****************************************************************
When creating an IPv4 alias IP using ifconfig
- Here the eth0:1 logical interface with the IPv4 address
192.168.30.128 is successfully created.
*****************************************************************

# ifconfig eth0:1 192.168.30.128
# ifconfig -a

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:15:17:35:55:F4
inet addr:192.168.136.127 Bcast:192.168.137.255 Mask:255.255.254.0
inet6 addr: fe80::215:17ff:fe35:55f4/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:1071513 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:562793 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
RX bytes:367872667 (350.8 MiB) TX bytes:381006432 (363.3 MiB)
Base address:0x2000 Memory:88180000-881a0000

eth0:1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:15:17:35:55:F4
inet addr:192.168.30.128 Bcast:192.168.30.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
Base address:0x2000 Memory:88180000-881a0000


*****************************************************************
When creating an IPv6 alias IP using ifconfig
- Here the logical interface eth0:10 is not created.
Instead the IPv6 2001:470:1f01:115::4 address is directly bounded
to eth0.
*****************************************************************

# ifconfig eth0:10 inet6 add 2001:470:1f01:115::4
# ifconfig -a

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:15:17:35:55:F4
inet addr:192.168.136.127 Bcast:192.168.137.255 Mask:255.255.254.0
inet6 addr: 2001:470:1f01:115::4/0 Scope:Global
inet6 addr: fe80::215:17ff:fe35:55f4/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:1072665 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:563211 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
RX bytes:368000764 (350.9 MiB) TX bytes:381047116 (363.3 MiB)
Base address:0x2000 Memory:88180000-881a0000


Question 2:
Are there other ways to create the logical interface for
IPv6. The way it did with ifconfig IPv4?

I also tried programming using the ioctl() with the SIOCSIFADDR request. But, the ioctl() failed and returned a perror "No such device"

************************ Code snippet ************************
int cli_LIFsd;
struct sockaddr_in6 *stSockAddr6;

cli_LIFsd = socket(AF_INET6, SOCK_STREAM, 0);

// set the logical interface name
memset (&stLIF, 0x00, sizeof (struct ifreq));
strncpy( stLIF.ifr_name, "eth0:10", sizeof( stLIF.ifr_name )); stLIF.ifr_addr.sa_family = AF_INET6;
stSockAddr6 = (struct sockaddr_in6 *)&(stLIF.ifr_addr);
inet_pton(AF_INET6, argv[1], &(stSockAddr6->sin6_addr));

rtnval = ioctl (cli_LIFsd, SIOCSIFADDR, &stLIF);

if (rtnval < 0)
{
perror("Perror message " );
printf ("Errno: %s [%d] \n", strerror( errno ), errno );
close (cli_LIFsd);
exit (1);
}

Output:
#./cli 2001:470:1f01:115::55
Perror message : No such device
Errno: Illegal seek [29]
#

Any comment or help is greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much.

itismohit 09-07-2011 03:07 AM

Facing same issue.
 
Hi, I am facing a similar issue. Can you please update the thread with your findings to benefit all.

Thanks.

nikole 11-09-2011 09:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by itismohit (Post 4463676)
Hi, I am facing a similar issue. Can you please update the thread with your findings to benefit all.

Thanks.


I am also facng same issue
can someone pleaase help
thank you

TimothyEBaldwin 11-12-2011 06:32 AM

Why do you want a logical interface?

Suprava 07-15-2014 08:28 AM

Hi

I am also facing same issue.
I just want to confirm whether ipv6 alias supports virtual interface.
If it supports why ipv6 address is not appearing on virtual interface ?

John VV 07-15-2014 04:25 PM

if you have the SAME issue you have a much bigger problem
RHEL4 is no longer supported

and predates most ipv6 software specifications

please BUY the required RHEL 7 license
and install RHEL 7.0


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