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NAME

       ipv6, PF_INET6 - Linux IPv6 protocol implementation

SYNOPSIS

       #include <sys/socket.h>
       #include <netinet/in.h>

       tcp6_socket = socket(PF_INET6, SOCK_STREAM, 0);
       raw6_socket = socket(PF_INET6, SOCK_RAW, protocol);
       udp6_socket = socket(PF_INET6, SOCK_DGRAM, protocol);

DESCRIPTION

       Linux 2.2 optionally implements the Internet Protocol, version 6.  This
       man page contains a description of the IPv6 basic API as implemented by
       the  Linux  kernel  and  glibc  2.1.  The interface is based on the BSD
       sockets interface; see socket(7).

       The IPv6 API aims to be mostly compatible with the ip(7) v4  API.  Only
       differences are described in this man page.

       To  bind  an AF_INET6 socket to any process the local address should be
       copied from the in6addr_any  variable  which  has  in6_addr  type.   In
       static initializations IN6ADDR_ANY_INIT may also be used, which expands
       to a constant expression.  Both of them are in network order.

       The  IPv6  loopback  address  (::1)  is   available   in   the   global
       in6addr_loopback  variable.  For  initializations IN6ADDR_LOOPBACK_INIT
       should be used.

       IPv4 connections can be handled with the v6 API by using the v4-mapped-
       on-v6  address type; thus a program only needs only to support this API
       type to support both protocols. This is handled  transparently  by  the
       address handling functions in libc.

       IPv4  and  IPv6  share  the  local  port  space.  When  you get an IPv4
       connection or packet to a IPv6 socket its source address will be mapped
       to v6 and it’ll be mapped to v6.

ADDRESS FORMAT

              struct sockaddr_in6 {
                  u_int16_t       sin6_family;/* AF_INET6 */
                  u_int16_t       sin6_port;/* port number */
                  u_int32_t       sin6_flowinfo;/* IPv6 flow information */
                  struct in6_addr sin6_addr;/* IPv6 address */
                  u_int32_t   sin6_scope_id;  /* Scope ID (new in 2.4) */
              };

              struct in6_addr {
                  unsigned char   s6_addr[16];/* IPv6 address */
              };

       sin6_family  is  always set to AF_INET6; sin6_port is the protocol port
       (see sin_port in ip(7)); sin6_flowinfo is  the  IPv6  flow  identifier;
       sin6_addr  is  the  128bit  IPv6  address.   sin6_scope_id  is an ID of
       depending of on the scope of the address.  It  is  new  in  Linux  2.4.
       Linux  only  supports  it  for  link  scope  addresses,  in  that  case
       sin6_scope_id contains the interface index (see netdevice(7))

       IPv6 supports several address types: unicast to address a single  host,
       multicast  to  address a group of hosts, anycast to address the nearest
       member of a group of hosts (not implemented in Linux), IPv4-on-IPv6  to
       address a IPv4 host, and other reserved address types.

       The  address  notation  for  IPv6  is a group of 16 2 digit hexadecimal
       numbers, separated with a ’:’. ’::’ stands for  a  string  of  0  bits.
       Special  addresses  are  ::1 for loopback and ::FFFF:<IPv4 address> for
       IPv4-mapped-on-IPv6.

       The port space of IPv6 is shared with IPv4.

SOCKET OPTIONS

       IPv6 supports some protocol specific socket options  that  can  be  set
       with  setsockopt(2)  and  read  with  getsockopt(2).  The socket option
       level for IPv6 is IPPROTO_IPV6.  A boolean integer flag is zero when it
       is false, otherwise true.

       IPV6_ADDRFORM
              Turn  an  AF_INET6  socket  into a socket of a different address
              family. Only AF_INET is currently supported for that. It is only
              allowed  for  IPv6  sockets  that  are  connected and bound to a
              v4-mapped-on-v6 address. The argument is a pointer to a  integer
              containing AF_INET.  This is useful to pass v4-mapped sockets as
              file descriptors to programs that don’t know how  to  deal  with
              the IPv6 API.

       IPV6_ADD_MEMBERSHIP, IPV6_DROP_MEMBERSHIP
              Control membership in multicast groups. Argument is a pointer to
              a struct ipv6_mreq structure.

       IPV6_MTU
              Set the MTU to be used for the socket. The MTU is limited by the
              device  MTU  or the path mtu when path mtu discovery is enabled.
              Argument is a pointer to integer.

       IPV6_MTU_DISCOVER
              Control path mtu discovery on the socket. See IP_MTU_DISCOVER in
              ip(7) for details.

       IPV6_MULTICAST_HOPS
              Set  the  multicast  hop  limit  for  the  socket. Argument is a
              pointer to an integer. -1 in  the  value  means  use  the  route
              default, otherwise it should be between 0 and 255.

       IPV6_MULTICAST_IF
              Set  the  device  for  outgoing multicast packets on the socket.
              This is only allowed for SOCK_DGRAM and  SOCK_RAW  socket.   The
              argument  is an pointer to an interface index (see netdevice(7))
              in an integer.

       IPV6_MULTICAST_LOOP
              Control whether the socket sees multicast packets  that  it  has
              send itself.  Argument is a pointer to boolean.

       IPV6_PKTINFO
              Set  delivery  of  the  IPV6_PKTINFO control message on incoming
              datagrams. Only allowed  for  SOCK_DGRAM  or  SOCK_RAW  sockets.
              Argument is a pointer to a boolean value in an integer.

       IPV6_RTHDR,  IPV6_AUTHHDR,  IPV6_DSTOPS,  IPV6_HOPOPTS,  IPV6_FLOWINFO,
       IPV6_HOPLIMIT
              Set   delivery   of  control  messages  for  incoming  datagrams
              containing  extension  headers   from   the   received   packet.
              IPV6_RTHDR  delivers  the  routing header, IPV6_AUTHHDR delivers
              the authentication header, IPV6_DSTOPTS delivers the destination
              options,  IPV6_HOPOPTS  delivers  the hop options, IPV6_FLOWINFO
              delivers  an  integer  containing  the  flow  ID,  IPV6_HOPLIMIT
              delivers an integer containing the hop count of the packet.  The
              control messages have the same type as the  socket  option.  All
              these  header  options  can  also be set for outgoing packets by
              putting the appropriate control message into the control  buffer
              of sendmsg(2).  Only allowed for SOCK_DGRAM or SOCK_RAW sockets.
              Argument is a pointer to a boolean value.

       IPV6_RECVERR
              Control receiving of asynchronous error options. See  IP_RECVERR
              in ip(7) for details.  Argument is a pointer to boolean.

       IPV6_ROUTER_ALERT
              Pass  all forwarded packets containing an router alert option to
              this socket.  Only allowed for datagram sockets  and  for  root.
              Argument is a pointer to boolean.

       IPV6_UNICAST_HOPS
              Set the unicast hop limit for the socket. Argument is an pointer
              to an integer. -1 in the value  means  use  the  route  default,
              otherwise it should be between 0 and 255.

VERSIONS

       The older libinet6 libc5 based IPv6 API implementation for Linux is not
       described here and may vary in details.

       Linux 2.4 will break binary  compatibility  for  the  sockaddr_in6  for
       64bit  hosts  by  changing  the  alignment  of  in6_addr  and adding an
       additional sin6_scope_id field. The kernel interfaces stay  compatible,
       but  a program including sockaddr_in6 or in6_addr into other structures
       may not be. This is not a problem for 32bit hosts like i386.

       The sin6_flowinfo field is  new  in  Linux  2.4.  It  is  transparently
       passed/read  by  the kernel when the passed address length contains it.
       Some programs that pass a longer address  buffer  and  then  check  the
       outgoing address length may break.

PORTING NOTES

       The  sockaddr_in6  structure  is  bigger  than  the  generic  sockaddr.
       Programs that assume that all address types can be stored safely  in  a
       struct  sockaddr  need to be changed to use struct sockaddr_storage for
       that instead.

BUGS

       The  IPv6  extended  API  as  in  RFC 2292  is  currently  only  partly
       implemented;  although  the  2.2  kernel  has near complete support for
       receiving options, the macros for generating IPv6 options  are  missing
       in glibc 2.1.

       IPSec support for EH and AH headers is missing.

       Flow label management is not complete and not documented here.

       This man page is not complete.

SEE ALSO

       cmsg(3), ip(7)

       RFC 2553: IPv6 BASIC API. Linux tries to be compliant to this.

       RFC 2460: IPv6 specification.