Saturday, September 13, 2014

How to check if Debian Jessie, Ubuntu Trusty, Nokia N900 if it IPv6 ready?

With recent rise of IPv6 usage, it is imperative that we understand if our devices are ready for IPv6. Linux kernel supported IPv6 as early as year 1996! Chances are, all these distributions should be IPv6 ready. But for the sake to be sure and learning the basic, we will check these distribution to be sure.

To check, launch a terminal and execute this command as a user.
$ cat /proc/net/if_inet6
fe80000000000000022401fffed782ea 03 40 20 80 eth2
00000000000000000000000000000001 01 80 10 80 lo

You should see the above output and if you are not , maybe the kernel is not compile with ipv6 module. If so, you can enable it and check if it loaded.

# modprobe ipv6
# lsmod | grep ipv6
ipv6 237436 14

You can run the above commands for all the devices, they are all IPv6 ready.

There are many articles out there to disable IPv6 but with the depletion of IPv4 addresses, I think this practice should not continue but be ready and prepared for it. Of cause unless you got good reason not to use IPv6.

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