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Debian IPv6 Configuration and Lessons Learned

I’ve had a few issues configuring IPv6 on Debian

If due to a misconfiguration a v4tunnel interface you have brought up with ifup has failed, you need to manually delete it before trying again or this annoying error will happen:

# ifup somev6tunnel
ioctl: No buffer space available
# ip tunnel del somev6tunnel
# ifup somev6tunnel

I was trying to configure a 6to4 tunnel but without specifying a local interface address by using local any endpoint any, but that gives an unhelpful and yet increasingly familiar error message.

# ifup 6to4
ioctl: No buffer space available

Linux doesn’t like both local and remote values unset, so I thought, aha I’ll just use local any endpoint, it appeared to work. I have since realised that it only works for talking to non 6to4 hosts, if I tried to talk to another 6to4 host, it routed the packets through the gateway instead of directly and the return packets were also lost. So, I just specified the local address and it works.

My working 6to4 debian /etc/network/interfaces

auto 6to4
iface 6to4 inet6 v4tunnel
address 2002:561e:XXXX::1 # ipv6calc -I ipv4addr -O ipv6addr -A conv6to4 86.30.XX.XX
netmask 16
local # address assigned by wifi router
endpoint any
gateway :: # 6to4 anycast address

Though its best to use a managed tunnel, like Hurricane Electrics

The is the Debian network interfaces config i used to connect to my ipv6 tunnel, reconfigure the tunnel endpoint dynamically, and also add one of my routed /48 subnets to the interface (so i can use pretty reverse dns addresses from my host).

auto he-ipv6
iface he-ipv6 inet6 v4tunnel
address 2001:470:1f08:xxxx::2
netmask 64
gateway ::
# Docs to generate pass etc from
up wget --no-check-certificate -O - '' 2>/dev/null
up ip addr add 2001:470:XXXX:1::1/64 dev $IFACE


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