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like a previous poster, i would like to use a local host file to apply short names to ipv6 addresses in my captures. including link-scope addresses (regardless of the missing interface identifier). that is, if wireshark captures and displays a link-scope address in the IPv6 header, i want to identify at least which host it came from, quickly.

it's not a question about routing (where the interface identifier is critical) - it's about using wireshark to identify where (which host) the packets came from.

is this impossible, using a local host file?

steve froelich

asked 21 Jan '11, 11:19

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edited 22 Jan '11, 15:46

Currently it's not possible. The name resolving function filters out Link Local and Multicast addresses for IPv6 resolving (see get_hostname6()). That's been in since inception in r229, added over 11 years ago.

In that time it may have made sense. Now it seems like a viable improvement to drop them. Please file a bug report in

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answered 24 Jan '11, 04:03

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