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Solaris IPv6 Packages

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Solaris 10 & OpenSolaris

are IPv6 Ready

(phase I and II)

IPv6 addresses, 128 bits in length,
are the new addresses for Internet.
It replaces the old 32-bit IPv4 addresses, 32 bits in length,
because the latter are running out.
With the explosion of non-computer Internet devices
(such as cell/mobile phones, PDAs, music devices, etc.)
and growth of Internet in third-world countries,
the need for new IPv6 addresses will grow quickly.

Most Solaris applications support IPv6 out-of-the box (for example, Apache web server, Mozilla Firefox, FTP, SSH, Sendmail, etc.).
However, there's a few of my favorite applications that have IPv6 capabilities missing.
These are either not available in standard Solaris OS, or the Solaris-built version is missing a special source patch for IPv6, the Solaris-built version didn't enable IPv6 features, or a newer version of the software is required for IPv6.

For these reasons, I have a small collection of Solaris packages that have IPv6 functionality. These packages are built for Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris, SPARC and x86.
These are SVR4-format packages that install with pkgadd or similar tools.
They are also available at the
OpenSolaris IPS Repository at

if you prefer to use OpenSolaris Package Manager or pkg(1).
In any case, the packages install under /usr/local/
These packages are unsupported and are provided "as is" under
these terms and conditions.

  • ISC's Lynx, a screen-oriented web browser. These packages have SSL and IPv6 enabled (uses text-based curses instead of a graphical GUI).
    Lynx is not a part of Solaris OS. Some versions of Solaris has Links, which is similar, but doesn't support IPv6 (it's on their TODO list).

  • Mike Gleason's NcFTP, a screen-oriented FTP (file transfer) client (uses text-based curses instead of a graphical GUI). I built this version with a source patch from KAME to enable IPv6 on NcFTP.

  • David Mills' NTP (Network Time Protocol) software. This version has IPv6 enabled and NTP 4 features not in the ancient, out-of-the-box Solaris version, NTP 3 (CR 6580659).

  • Tin, a screen-oriented USENET NNTP newsreader client (uses text-based curses instead of a graphical GUI). These packages have IPv6 enabled. Tin requires package SUNWicu (Unicode).
    Tin is not provided with Solaris OS.

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