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Re: [alpine-user] Alpine Linux is second class member in an IPv6 network

From: Jakub Jirutka <>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:54:42 +0200

Hi Pavel,

since you have deep knowledge and experience with linux networking, can I ask you to help us with this IPv6 issue on Alpine, please?


> On 19. Oct 2017, at 13:24, Jean-Louis Fuchs <> wrote:
> Hi
> There is also a problem with static IPv6 config. Something locks the
> IPv6 routing table for 30min (containing the correct routes), but
> after 30min the lock goes away, along with the routes. I worked
> around this by reseting the routing table, just after the interface is
> configured. So the script will stay for 30min and then fix the routing
> table, when the lock goes away. (Alpine 3.6)
> I haven't reported this because I didn't have time to investigate the
> cause or compare to edge. And of course the whole issue is more
> complex. The problem has also to do with the fact that although the
> default of accept_ra and autoconf are set to 0, the interface comes up
> with accept_ra and autoconf set to 1.
> $> cat /etc/sysctl.d/01-ipv6.conf
> net.ipv6.conf.default.accept_ra = 0
> net.ipv6.conf.default.autoconf = 0
> net.ipv6.conf.all.accept_ra = 0
> net.ipv6.conf.all.autoconf = 0
> Again I just worked around it:
> iface eth0 inet6 static
> address X
> netmask 64
> gateway X
> pre-up echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/eth0/accept_ra
> pre-up echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv6/conf/eth0/autoconf
> My guess even though the interface is set to static, some
> auto-configuration mechanism is still being started.
> Best,
> Jean-Louis

>> On 18. Oct 2017, at 14:36, Bernhard Ehlers <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I’m quite frustrated trying to integrate Alpine Linux in an IPv6 network.
>> My requirements should be pretty standard, I want to use auto
>> configuration (SLAAC) for address assignment and classless DHCPv6
>> for getting the DNS server IPs and domain name from the router.
>> While SLAAC is working fine, DHCPv6 is a nightmare in Alpine.
>> The default DHCP client udhcpc6 is simply not ready for use.
>> They made some changes in busybox v1.27, so it might work,
>> but that’s available only in the edge branch. Furthermore the
>> ifup from busybox doesn’t support the use of DHCPv6 for IPv6.
>> Then I tried using the ifupdown package together with dhclient.
>> The first stumbling block is, that ifupdown looks for /sbin/dhclient,
>> while it is installed in /usr/sbin/dhclient. Adding a symlink solves this.
>> Next is, that ifupdown calls the ip command with options, it doesn’t
>> support. So I additionally installed iproute2, that solves that.
>> But the stateless DHCPv6 still doesn’t work. After some more
>> debugging (and comparing with a working Debian) I saw that
>> ifup doesn’t wait for a link-local address before starting the DHCPv6
>> client. Therefore ifup often fails. That was fixed in ifupdown v0.8,
>> but Alpine still uses 0.7. So I tagged ifupdown as outdated.
>> At that point I gave up.
>> Regards
>> Bernhard

Received on Thu Oct 19 2017 - 13:54:42 UTC