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       dibbler-client - a portable DHCPv6 client


       dibbler-client  is  a  portable implementation of the DHCPv6 client. It
       supports both stateful (i.e. IPv6 address granting) and stateless (i.e.
       options  granting)  autoconfiguration.  There  are  ports available for
       Linux 2.4/2.6 systems as well as MS  Windows  XP  and  2003.  They  are
       freely available under GNU GPL version 2 (or later) license.


       dibbler-client [ run | start | stop | status | install | uninstall ]


       run - starts client in the console. Client can be closed using ctrl-c.

       start - starts client in daemon mode.

       stop - stops running clients.

       status - shows status of the client and server.

       install - installs client as a service. This is not implemented yet.

       uninstall - uninstall client service. This is not implemented yet.


       Let's start with simple configuration. We want receive one IPv6 address
       and there  is  only  one  Ethernet  interface  present.  In  that  case
       client.conf  file might be completly empty. Dibbler client will request
       for one  IPv6  address  on  each  up,  running  and  multicast  capable
       interface (except loopback).

       Now some real example. We want one IPv6 address and receive DNS servers
       and domain name. We are also not interested in the  details,  so  debug
       mode is disabled.

       log-mode short
       log-level 6
       iface eth0
         ia { }
          option dns-server
          option domain

       Next  example: we want only NIS domain and NIS server information. That
       information should be periodicaly renewed, so we use  lifetime  option.
       We don't need any addresses so stateless mode is used.

       log-mode short
       iface eth0
         option nis-server
         option nis-domain
         option lifetime

       More examples can be found in the User's Guide.


       All files are created in the /var/lib/dibbler directory. Dibbler client
       reads  /var/lib/dibbler/client.conf  file.  During  operation,  Dibbler
       saves  various  file  in  that  directory.  After  reception of the DNS
       servers or domain informations, they are added to the  /etc/resolv.conf
       file.  After  shutdown,  that  information  is  removed from that file.
       Option values are stored in the  option-*  files.  Log  file  is  named


       This implementation aims at conformance to the following standards:

       RFC 3315 DHCP for IPv6

       RFC 3319 SIP options for DHCPv6

       RFC 3646 DNS server options for DHCPv6

       RFC 3736 Stateless DHCPv6

       RFC 3898 NIS options for DHCPv6

       Also options specified in following drafts are implemented:

       draft-ietf-dhc-dhcpv6-opt-timeconfig-03.txt NTP and timezone options.

       draft-ietf-dhc-dhcpv6-opt-lifetime-00.txt Option renewal.


       Bugs      are      tracked      with     bugzilla,     available     at If you belive you have found a bug, don't
       hesitate to report it.


       Dibbler  was  developed as master thesis on the Technical University of
       Gdansk by Tomasz Mrugalski and Marek Senderski. Currently Marek has not
       enough  free  time,  so  this  project  is  being  developed  by Tomasz
       Mrugalski.  Authors  can  be   reached   at   and


       There  is dibbler-server(8) manual page. You are also advised to take a
       look at project website located at  As  far
       as   authors   know,   this   is   the  only  Windows  DHCPv6  stateful
       implementation available. It is also one of two freely available  under
       Linux.    The    other    Linux    implementation   is   available   at, but it is rather outdated and seems  not
       being actively developed.