IPv6 literal addresses on command line

cam camccuk at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 28 06:46:19 EST 2003

--- Paul Slootman <paul at debian.org> wrote:
> On Thu 27 Nov 2003, cam wrote:
> > 
> > I wonder if debian has included more of the USAGI patches that aren't
> applied
> > to the 'vanilla' kernel from kernel.org? Various comments in the rsync TODO
> The kernel isn't the issue. When compiling a C program, nothing about
> the kernel is used. In fact, I use a vanilla 2.4.22 kernel, downloaded
> from a kernel.org mirror; i.e. not a Debian-supplied kernel.
> The issue is what kernel headers are used when building the glibc
> environment. Now I'm not that familiar with glibc, but my understanding
> is that glibc for linux takes certain kernel headers, and integrates
> that into the /usr/include tree. Whether or not you can build an
> IPv6-capable program is dependent on your glibc, rather than your
> kernel.

OK - thanks for the pointer. This stuff is by no means clear to me yet.

> >   breaks.  This affects at least OSF/1, RedHat 5, and Cobalt, which
> >   are moderately improtant.(sic)"
> Ummm.... Isn't redhat 5 pretty ancient? I mean, a quick search indicates
> that RH 5 was around in 1998... OSF/1 development stopped in 1994 AFAIK
> (http://en2.wikipedia.org/wiki/OSF/1).  No sane person would still be
> running those, I would hope. 

Sorry if I didn't make it clearer that this is a quote from the rsync TODO doc
that came out of CVS! I quite agree and perhaps this tell us something about
the level of maintenance of the docs!

>(Of course, my opinion is that everyone
> should use Debian (even on their Cobalt or Alpha), but I'm biased :-)

I would be pretty tempted... but we are caught in a situation of having a
fairly strict development platform. FreeBSD works pretty well too.

Whatever the situation with regard to libraries, RedHat doesn't support rsync
over IPv6 out of the box AFAICT. Perhaps with USAGI applied and then libinet6


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