Tools/NetworkManager/IPv6

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NetworkManager supports the IPv6 protocol and it is turned on by default. It connects to networks with SLAAC and DHCPv6 and keeps the connection running. Many bugs have been fixed recently, so it's possible that it doesn't work well in your distribution. Reasonably good support will be delivered with NetworkManager 9.6 and Linux 3.5.

Due to the existence of IPv6 link-local addresses, routing configuration and address configuration are orthogonal.

Please remember that IPv6 is different.

For details about possible IPv6 scenarios, see Networking/Addressing#Dynamic_IPv6_configuration.

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IPv6 Privacy Extensions

NetworkManager supports privacy extensions through the 'ip6-privacy' key.

An example of a minimally configured keyfile (placed in /etc/NetworkManager/system-connections) is below. Values for the connection section may be obtained using the nmcli connection command.

[connection]
id=
uuid=
type=

[ipv6]
method=auto
ip6-privacy=2

Debugging

You can run NetworkManager on foreground with various debugging settings:

/path/to/NetworkManager --no-daemon \
    --log-level=debug --log-domains=DEVICE,IP6,DHCP6 2>~/nm.debug

Be careful not to run multiple instances of NetworkManager. Check with ps -ef if you experience weird behavior.

Long-term goals

  • Don't tear down interfaces, keep link-local networking always on
  • Get kernel problems fixed, then simplify ipv6 handling in NM

Recently fixed

Git

Gnome Bug 676317 - IPv6 DHCPv6 configuration fails: nm_system_replace_default_ip6_route returns -7

Gnome Bug 676740 - NetworkManager fails to configure DHCPv6 address under some circumstances (because it 'assumes')

Gnome Bug 676322 - IPv6 DNSSL does not get into /etc/resolv.conf

Fedora Bug 824121 - IPv6: Kernel doesn't propagate DNSSL to userspace (e.g. NetworkManager)

Fedora Bug 753482 - wifi drops every 15 minutes (ip-config-unavailable) because of IPv6 RDNSS timeout

IETF IPv6 Mailing List – question on RDNSS, RFC 6106 part 5.1

WONTFIX / NOTABUG

Gnome Bug 677099 - IPv6: NetworkManager configures RDNSS and DNSSL though DHCPv6 even though AdvOtherConfigFlag is not set