In the separate documents Linux Setup Issues I describe some general Linux setup quirks and tips, and in Upgrading to 2.4 there's some upgrading hints.
I've read about IPv6 several years. I've listened to talks about it, I even did a talk about it. Now it was about time that I made it reality and installed it on my own box.
I started out with a basic working Linux 2.4 kernel.
Start with enter the 'Code maturity level options' and set Prompt for development and/or incomplete code/drivers to yes.
Enter the 'Networking Options' menu and set the following options to yes:
I had them all to 'yes' and none as module, as the Bieringer IPv6 page claims that may cause problems.
Recompile, make it a boot image, reboot on the new kernel.
In order for some tools to work, you must edit your /etc/protocols file and enter the following section:
ipv6 41 IPv6 # IPv6 ipv6-route 43 IPv6-Route # Routing Header for IPv6 ipv6-frag 44 IPv6-Frag # Fragment Header for IPv6 ipv6-crypt 50 IPv6-Crypt # Encryption Header for IPv6 ipv6-auth 51 IPv6-Auth # Authentication Header for IPv6 ipv6-icmp 58 IPv6-ICMP icmpv6 icmp6 # ICMP for IPv6 ipv6-nonxt 59 IPv6-NoNxt # No Next Header for IPv6 ipv6-opts 60 IPv6-Opts # Destination Options for IPv6
You might also like to add a few basic IPv6-hosts in the /etc/hosts file:
::1 ip6-localhost ip6-loopback fe00::0 ip6-localnet ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix ff02::1 ip6-allnodes ff02::2 ip6-allrouters ff02::3 ip6-allhosts
Now when your kernel is IPv6 aware, we need to get some tools installed that are:
Get them, configure, make and make install. Voila, now you can use your new 'ifconfig' to list your IPv6-addresses and ping6 to ping your interface's IPv6-address!
'ping6 0::1' pings your localhost.
'route -A inet6' displays your IPv6-routes
Tools you won't have to install but that may make things more comfortable: