On 29 feb 2008, at 15:34, Iljitsch van Beijnum wrote:
What's going on with the preparations to turn off IPv4 at IETF-71?
It's been really quiet surrounding that topic since the initial
It's good to hear that work is going on behind the scenes.
So... does anyone know a place to obtain a Jabber account that's
usable over IPv6? I assumed psg.com would be a good candidate, but
even though psg.com has a AAAA record, jabber.psg.com doesn't.
I've had a couple of offers in private email (thanks for those!) but
I've decided to go into another direction with this, and set up a
transport relay translator (RFC3142) on a FreeBSD server. This is a
combination special network interface and a daemon that listens on an
IPv6 TCP port and forwards the session to the IPv4 destination encoded
in the low bits of the IPv6 address. See the faithd man page
For the next two weeks, the translator will be open for everyone on
prefix 2001:1af8:5:f::/96 on ports 5222 and 5223. So if, like me, you
use Google Talk for Jabber you can connect to 2001:1af8:5:f::
184.108.40.206 (or 2001:1af8:5:f::d155:897d) rather than
220.127.116.11. (Replace the IPv4 bits with that of your Jabber server
if you use another Jabber server.) This has of course the slight
downside that you can only use Jabber when you have IPv6 connectivity.
I fixed this by setting up a hostname that has both the translated
address and the normal address: googletalk.runningipv6.net.
A side effect is that the SSL certificate now doesn't match the
hostname, so you'll get an SSL warning (or failure). As long as you
manually check the certificate you SHOULD still be secure, but your
milage may vary.
Connecting to Google Talk in this manner allowed me to use Jabber as
usual (as you can see if you go to v6ops @ jabber.ietf.org), when
running dual stack, IPv6 only or IPv4 only. I used iChat with the
caveat in described an earlier message and Adium without any problems
on the Mac.
Note that all the above becomes moot if there is a NAT-PT translator
and a DNS ALG when IPv4 is turned off.
I've also tried some clients on Windows XP, but no success with
those... Too bad, because having working Jabber should be very helpful
in debugging all the other protocols that may have issues when running
IPv6-only. In this case NAT-PT will NOT help because of XP's inability
to resolve DNS names over IPv6.
I'm on Jabber as iljitsch @ gmail.com if anyone needs assistence with
any of this.
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