How to make use of IPv6 link-local addresses in the MySQL client & server (Doc ID 1454405.1)

Last updated on SEPTEMBER 21, 2014

Applies to:

MySQL Server - Version 5.5 and later
Linux x86
Linux x86-64
Apple Mac OS X (Intel) (32-bit)
Apple Mac OS X (PowerPC)


IPv6 supports a style of addressing called "Link Local".  These addresses are specific to the ethernet network they are on and cannot be routed globally.

Of particular note, the same subnet (fe80::/16) is used to create an address for all interfaces assigned to a machine.  As a result, standard routing decisions are unable to indicate where packets should originate from.  

To solve this problem, most operating systems require you to bind any socket using a link-local address to a specific network interface, which can be specified by using a special IP address suffix.

This has been verified to work on the latest versions of the operating systems specific in the application section of this article.


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