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Old 04-15-2010, 07:27 AM   #1
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Pinging Ipv6 address?

Say, I have two Linux boxes - Box-1 and Box-2. Box-1 is not IPv6 supported Box while Box-2 is IPv6 supported(IPv6 address is assigned).Now if I try pinging IPv6 address from Box-1. Will it able to ping the Box2.
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No. Why would you think it would?
Old 04-15-2010, 09:11 AM   #3
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I think perhaps your understanding of "supporting IPv6" is a bit off track. Support would definitely not be to with your network interface itself; but rather on the kernel side as well as you interface driver side.

Thus for your "Box 1" to be able to ping "Box 2", you'd need to install a kernel that is IPv6 ready; and also make sure that your NIC drivers are patched to support IPv6. Obviously, this assumes you have a direct connection between Box 1 and Box 2. In this case "Box 1" would also "support" IPv6.

If Box 1 and Box 2 were on different networks where switches/routers/etc are involved; then all these devices would need to support IPv6 as well.

Have a look at this link which provides a healthy amount of info on IPv6 and Linux:


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