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Date:	Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:44:46 +0200
From:	Hannes Frederic Sowa <>
To:	David Lamparter <>
	Stephen Hemminger <>,
	Jiri Pirko <>
Subject: Re: [RFC alternate] ipv6: addrconf: clean up device type handling

On Mi, 2014-07-30 at 18:23 +0200, David Lamparter wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 06:12:35PM +0200, Hannes Frederic Sowa wrote:
> > On Mi, 2014-07-30 at 17:58 +0200, David Lamparter wrote:
> [cut]
> > > This is an alternate version, yanking the switch() down and removing
> > > dev_config/gre_config duplication.  I have no idea what rationale is behind
> > > prefix_route - the result is a fe80::/64 route, but no address, which is not a
> > > functioning configuration.  Jiri, you touched this just a few weeks ago, can
> > > you comment?  (The "XXX: why is GRE special?")
> > 
> > Sure, it is valid. You can still use global addresses to talk to link
> > local addresses on the same link, even from another interface.
> Okay, well, that may give some purpose to it, but doesn't really explain
> why GRE is special in this regard...
> (And it's a violation of RFC4291 section 2.1 - "All interfaces are
> required to have at least one Link-Local unicast address" - and I'd bet
> on ndisc doing weird things in a setup like that.)

Yep - sure. But we also allow someone to remove the ll address manually.
And people did do that to transition the interface into an
disable_ipv6=1 mode, which had its own problems.

We don't care if the user does rfc compliant configurations. :)
The settings in the kernel should just be reasonable.

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