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net: Listen("tcp", ":port") fails in an AF_INET6-only environment #12510

pmarks-net opened this issue Sep 5, 2015 · 1 comment


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commented Sep 5, 2015

Given a hacked-up IPv6-only Linux kernel:

  • socket(AF_INET6) ok
  • setsockopt(IPV6_V6ONLY, 0) fails
  • socket(AF_INET) fails

The following program:

package main

import (

var port = flag.Int("port", 8080, "XXX")

func main() {
        ln, err := net.Listen("tcp", fmt.Sprintf(":%d", *port))
        if err != nil {
                fmt.Printf("FAIL: %v\n", err)
        fmt.Printf("Listening on %v; sleeping.\n", ln.Addr())

Does not work:

$ ./listen 
FAIL: listen tcp :8080: socket: address family not supported by protocol

The problem is, favoriteAddrFamily sees that it can't use dual-stack sockets, and falls back to AF_INET without first checking supportsIPv4.

You can use "[::]:port" as a workaround, but ":port" ought to work. I'm preparing a patch for this.


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commented Sep 5, 2015

CL mentions this issue.

@gopherbot gopherbot closed this in 5a3ff6c Sep 5, 2015

@mikioh mikioh changed the title net.Listen("tcp", ":port") fails in an AF_INET6-only environment net: Listen("tcp", ":port") fails in an AF_INET6-only environment Sep 26, 2015

@mikioh mikioh added this to the Go1.6 milestone Sep 26, 2015

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