Mail archive

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

From: Pavel Šimerda <>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:04:42 +0200

Hi everyone,

it looks like you are right and the autoconf isn't disabled. Linux
kernel autoconf is tricky and if the script (of which I have no
knowledge right now) waits for something, it would be interesting
to check what that is. I am more into userspace implementations like
dhcpcd, libndp/NetworkManager and the like.



On 10/19/2017 01:54 PM, Jakub Jirutka wrote:
> 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?
> Jakub
>> 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 - 19:04:42 UTC