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I installed Google chrome browser on Fedora 18. Now when I try update softwares using yum upgrade, it report the following error and I can't get chrome updated.

http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/rpm/stable/x86_64/repodata/repomd.xml: [Errno 14] curl#7 - "Failed to connect to 2404:6800:4005:c00::88: Network is unreachable"

It looks like dl.google.com is resolved to an IPv6 address, but I don't use IPv6, and ping dl.google.com returns an IPv4 address as expected.

# ping dl.google.com
PING dl.l.google.com ( 56(84) bytes of data.

What's the possible reason, and how can I fix this?

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Not sure about other implementations of ping, but at least the ping from iputils only uses IPV4, ping6 uses IPv6. – Wieland Mar 20 '13 at 19:59
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By default, yum will resolve both IPv4 & IPv6 addresses of host/domain name, see the wireshark screenshot below (I don't know python program, so network traffic capture is the only way to find out how yum resolve host name).

yum resolve IP address, capture

To resolve IPv4 address only, just add ip_resolve=4 or ip_resolve=ipv4 config to yum.conf (see man yum.conf for more help). For Fedora, execute the following command from terminal using root account:

echo "ip_resolve=4" >> /etc/yum.conf

To resolve IPv6 address only, change ip_resolve=4 above to ip_resolve=6.

Other programs

wget and curl

# To resolve IPv4 address only
wget -4
curl -4

# To resolve IPv6 address only
wget -6
curl -6


host also have -4 and -6 options, but they don't have same meaning wget & curl, they force host to use IPv4/IPv6 transport to query host name.

# To resolve IPv4 address only
host -t A

# To resolve IPv6 address only
host -t AAAA
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I don't know about yum. Sounds like it's missing an implementation of Happy Eyeballs, i.e. fallback to ipv4. There is an ipv6 address...

$ host dl.google.com
dl.google.com is an alias for dl.l.google.com.
dl.l.google.com has address
...many randomly permuted addresses...
dl.l.google.com has address
dl.l.google.com has IPv6 address 2a00:1450:400c:c06::5d

Apparently there's a workaround for when this goes wrong, which is to edit /etc/gai.conf and uncomment the line precedence ::ffff:0:0/96 100. This gives precedence to ipv4 addresses.

I think normally it should just work. You'll have a link-local ipv6 address, but a site-local ipv4 address (or a public one without NAT). The libc DNS resolver should then prefer ipv4 destinations. This is specified in RFC 3484.

I wonder if this is a Teredo-style problem. Has your router (e.g. an Apple Airport) assigned you a global IPV6 address through an unreliable tunnel? My computer (no global ipv6) looks like this:

$ ip addr |grep inet6
    inet6 ::1/128 scope host 
    inet6 fe80::215:afff:fe9f:fcd2/64 scope link
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weird, yum provides "/etc/gai.conf" said it's in glibc package, I've already installed glibc, but I don't have gai.conf file under /etc. This's a gai.conf file under /usr/share/doc/glibc-common-2.16 which comes from glibc-common package – LiuYan 刘研 Mar 21 '13 at 3:52
my router is TP-Link WRT841N, it only understand IPv4. ip addr shows inet6 entries, but they're already there before (i probably refuse to use IPv6 in my life, i don't need it). – LiuYan 刘研 Mar 21 '13 at 4:03
created /etc/gai.conf manually with the following content: reload yes precedence ::ffff:0:0/96 100, but i still got same error – LiuYan 刘研 Mar 21 '13 at 4:57
the actual reason is our "great firewall" blocked the ip addresses which resolved by the DNS server, so yum (or the backend libcurl?) may try every IPv4 address until the last IPv6 address failed to connect. I'll choose this answer which closest to the reason. after an IP address of dl.google.com which is not blocked by GFW to /etc/hosts, 'yum update' works fine now. – LiuYan 刘研 Sep 14 '13 at 3:12
@LiuYan刘研, that explanation about Yum's behaviour seems quite useful to me. It would be nice to have it as an answer - I would upvote it :). I expect there are more scenarios where google.com IPs would be inaccessible, beyond the content filtering applied by one particular nation. – sourcejedi Sep 15 '13 at 7:55

You can completely disable IPv6 by adding

net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1

to a file in /etc/sysctl.d, for example /etc/sysctl.d/disable-ipv6.conf.

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well, i added this config, restart computer, and ip addr does not show inet6 entries anymore, but the error still occurs. – LiuYan 刘研 Mar 21 '13 at 15:45

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