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Re: IPv6 Support for Linux

Hi Marc,

I have added a patch to use /proc filesystem to get ifi_info with linux systems. It now allows IPv6 to be populated to mDNSCore. Also, when you start up mDNS apps, you can see mulitcast traffic destined for both and ff02::fb (which did not happen before). Also, mDNSIdentify now shows IPv6 AAAA Address records for hosts that are being polled.

But, it seems like to browse for services, there needs to be an IPv4 address present on an interface. When I remove IPv4 address from an interface, just leaving an IPv6 address, dns-sd -B browser doesn't see services even though I can see traffic destined to ff02::fb. When I add IPv4 address, services come up.

I am still introducing myself to the code and getting an understanding of how it is designed. If you have any idea where to look to fix this, I'd appreciate it.

PS: I will post that patch after I have time to clean it up.

On Feb 16, 2005, at 3:20 PM, Marc Krochmal wrote:

Hi Leonid,

On Feb 16, 2005, at 7:39 AM, Leonid Veytser wrote:

It seems like the current mDNSReponder code does not support IPv6 for linux. Are there any plans to support it in the future?

We already have a bug about IPv6 support in Linux. We'd be willing to take any fixes from the community. Here's the bug as reported by one of our developers...

In mDNSUNP.c, the function get_ifi_info attempts to use ioctl(sockfd, SIOCGIFCONF, &ifc) to acquire information about the interfaces, including the IP address. However, at least on Linux, this will only return IPv4 addresses. This means that the mDNS core never gets populated with an IPv6 address and so no activity takes place over IPv6. I think once this function is changed to another method, the IPv6 portion of the mDNS implementation should begin working for Linux although I have not had time to implement something myself. Possible alternatives to SIOCGIFONF include using the rtnetlink Kernel interface or reading from the proc file system.

Best Regards,


Leonid Veytser
MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Advanced Networking and Applications Group

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