IPv6 literal addresses on command line

cam camccuk at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 13 23:44:18 EST 2003

Hello all,

Can anyone give me a hint on how to specify an IPv6 address in an
rsync address literal - the colon character is already used to
seperate the host name from the remote directory AFAICT... I get, e.g.

rsync -Cavb 3ffe:502:420:120::2:/home/cam/dev/proj
3ffe: Unknown host
rsync: connection unexpectedly closed (0 bytes read so far)
rsync error: error in rsync protocol data stream (code 12) at

Found some discussion of patches regarding IPv6 address-matching from about
July so I went for the most recent CVS snapshot I could find (although to be
honest and with only a superficial reading of the posts, the patches seemed to
be related to matching addresses in some of the config files):

rsync  version 2.5.6cvs  protocol version 26
Copyright (C) 1996-2002 by Andrew Tridgell and others
Capabilities: 64-bit files, socketpairs, hard links, symlinks, batchfiles,
              IPv6, 64-bit system inums, 64-bit internal inums

Sorry if I'm missing something screamingly obvious and very grateful for any

BTW, I find that setting up name lookups for our small IPv6 test network in
/etc/hosts works fine in FreeBSD but not linux... a seperate problem I suppose.


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