others-How to solve the ping6 `connect: Invalid argument` or `Name or service not known` error?

1. Purpose

In this post , I would demonstrate how to solve the connect: Invalid argument or Name or service not known error when using ping6 command.


2. The solution

2.1 The command and the error

When I tried to ping an ipv6 address, I got this error:

[[email protected] kong]# ping6  fe80::aabc:31fd:cb76:e99a
connect: Invalid argument

And when I tried to ping an standard ipv6 address, I got this error:

[[email protected] kong]# ping6  fe80:0000:aabc:31fd:cb76:e99a
ping: fe80:0000:aabc:31fd:cb76:e99a: Name or service not known


2.2 The enviroment

Here is the environment:

[[email protected] kong]# ifconfig

ens32: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
        inet 1.2.3.111  netmask 255.255.255.0  broadcast 1.2.3.255
        inet6 fe80::aabc:31fd:cb76:e99a  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x20<link>
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0


2.3 What is ping6

The ping6 utility reports duplicate and damaged packets. Although they should never happen when pinging a unicast address, duplicate packets can occur in many situations and seem to be caused by inappropriate link-level retransmissions.

Ping6 is a tool to send ICMPv6 packet to check if an ipv6 address is available. ICMPv6 (Internet Control Message Protocol for the IPv6) is one of the basic protocols of IPv6. ICMPv6 has the ability to report to the source address error information and control information about the transmission of IPv6 packets to the destination. ICMPv6 defines some messages, such as: destination unreachable, data packet too long, timeout, response request and response response. In IPv6, in addition to the functions commonly used by ICMPv4, ICMPv6 has other functions, such as adjacency point discovery, stateless address configuration (including duplicate address detection), PMTUD and so on.

How to use ping6?

ping6 [-l size] [-n count] [-s sourceip] targetip


2.4 The solution to the error

[[email protected] kong]# ping6  fe80::aabc:31fd:cb76:e99a%ens32
PING fe80::aabc:31fd:cb76:e99a%ens32(fe80::aabc:31fd:cb76:e99a%ens32) 56 data bytes
64 bytes from fe80::aabc:31fd:cb76:e99a%ens32: icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=0.037 ms
64 bytes from fe80::aabc:31fd:cb76:e99a%ens32: icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=0.090 ms
64 bytes from fe80::aabc:31fd:cb76:e99a%ens32: icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=0.055 ms

%ens32 specifies which network card to send the request packet from.


3. Summary

In this post, I demonstrated how to solve the ping6 connect: Invalid argument or Name or service not known error . That’s it, thanks for your reading.

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