ifndp-proxy[-<interface name>] − IPv6 NDP and IPv4 ARP proxy entries


<interface name>


These files contain IPv6 NDP and IPv4 ARP proxy settings, that should be applied using the ip neigh add proxy command documented in the ip(8) manual page that provides a common interface for IPv4 and IPv6.

The NDP/ARP proxy is required, e.g. when IP addresses from the same subnet have to be used on the interface of the host as well as on interfaces behind a (tunnel) interface and using a bridge is not an option.

Don’t forget to enable forwarding and the NDP/ARP proxy by setting

net.ipv6.conf.<all|default|interface name>.proxy_ndp = 1

net.ipv6.conf.<all|default|interface name>.forwarding = 1


net.ipv4.conf.<all|default|interface name>.proxy_arp = 1

net.ipv4.conf.<all|default|interface name>.forwarding = 1


net.ipv4.ip_forward = 1

either as global all setting in the /etc/sysctl.conf file or using the ifsysctl(5) files, that allow per-interface setup.
Forwarding can be also enabled in the /etc/sysconfig/sysctl file using the IP_FORWARD and IPV6_FORWARD variables.

The proxy entries are added and deleted using the

if-{up|down}.d/ndp-proxy script, every time after an involved interface has been set up or down.


The format of the ifndp-proxy file is:
<address> <address interface> <proxy interface list>

The format of the ifndp-proxy-<address interface> file is same to above, but allows also to omit the address interface by using a "-" as placeholder inside of the file, because it is already available in the file name:
<address> <address interface | -> <proxy interface list>

Lines beginning with # and blank lines are ignored.

Each line defines to add a proxy NDP/ARP entry with the address of or behind address interface to all interfaces in the proxy interface list.


Let’s assume, your machine is connected via eth0 to a switch with the networks 2001:db8:abba::/64 and and is using the IP address 1 itself. You’d like to use the addresses 11 and 12 e.g. for virtual machines behind the tap1 and tap2 interface, that is:
2001:db8:abba::1/64 -- local eth0 address
2001:db8:abba::11/64 -- address behind tap1
2001:db8:abba::12/64 -- address behind tap2 -- local eth0 address -- address behind tap1 -- address behind tap2
then set up the following entries in the ifndp-proxy file:

2001:db8:abba::1 eth0


tap1 tap2
2001:db8:abba::11 tap1

eth0 tap2
2001:db8:abba::12 tap2

eth0 tap1 eth0 tap1 tap2 tap1 eth0 tap2 tap2 eth0 tap1
additionally to the routing entries in the routes or ifroute-<interface name> files.


Please report bugs at <https://bugzilla.novell.com/>


Marius Tomaschewski <mt@suse.de>


ifup(8) ifcfg(5) ifsysctl(8)


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