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Old 07-20-2012, 02:10 AM
Karl Auer
Default re-reading /etc/gai.conf

Hi there.

I have a question: When and how does /etc/gai.conf get read?

I ask because I ran "ip addrlabel list" and got this:

prefix ::1/128 label 0
prefix ::ffff: label 4
prefix ::/96 label 3
prefix 2001::/32 label 6
prefix 2001:10::/28 label 7
prefix 2002::/16 label 2
prefix fc00::/7 label 5
prefix ::/0 label 1

Aside from the ordering (which is irrelevant) this is what is
in /etc/gai.conf.

Then I added a couple of label lines to /etc/gai.conf, but the output
from "ip addrlabel list" did not change. I had to manually set up my two
labels like this:

sudo ip addrlabel add prefix $PREFIX label $LABEL

Even rebooting (!) did not get my two extra lines into whatever the "ip"
program is using. It doesn't seem to be anywhere in /proc, but I may
have missed it.

I can work around this by running a suitable script, but I'm thinking
surely there must be some point at which the contents of /etc/gai.conf
are absorbed.

Regards, K.

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