It's a pity that I have to reply to myself.
On Wed, 2004-11-10 at 16:17 +0200, Mark Borst wrote:
> On Tue, 2004-11-09 at 15:21 -0800, David Stevens wrote:
> > The loopback device doesn't have IFF_MULTICAST set, so technically
> > it is not a multicast-capable device, and you shouldn't be able to join a
> > group on it.
> That is Linux-specific, right? At least KAME's 'lo' does support
> multicast, and their README says:
> On Windows I don't see 'lo' joining ff01::1.
> RFC 3513 tells me:
> 2.7.1 Pre-Defined Multicast Addresses
> All Nodes Addresses: FF01:0:0:0:0:0:0:1
> The above multicast addresses identify the group of all IPv6 nodes,
> within scope 1 (interface-local) or 2 (link-local).
> Does that imply that the linux stack doesn't conform to RFC 3513?
My tests show that interface-local multicast actually works, when I get
my implementation right. So interface-local multicast on 'lo' does
However, pinging ff01::1 on 'lo' still doesn't get me any reply.
> > I think the way it ought to work is that you join the group on any device,
> > with IPV6_MULTICAST_LOOP set and local guys should hear the node-local
> > multicasts, but it shouldn't be sent on the wire. Multicasting could be
> > supported on
> > loopback, too, but it doesn't matter all that much unless there are no
> > multicast-capable
> > real devices.
> > However, it appears that node-local multicasts are being sent out
> > the device, at least on an early 2.6 kernel I did a quick test with. There
> > probably
> > isn't anything enforcing the node-locality in the send path, which I would
> > consider a
> > bug. :-)
> Even more interesting: an other node responded to 'ping6 ff01::1' so
> there is some bug somewhere ;)
> On another note: 'ping6 ff02::1' gives "connect: Invalid argument" on
> linux. On KAME it says "ping6: UDP connect: Network is unreachable". The
> only implementation that gives me replies is Solaris. This also sounds
> like a bug to me.
As already mentioned, one needs to specify the interface with -I to make
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