How to force rapid ipv6 adoption

Fred Baker (fred) fred at
Fri Oct 2 21:03:44 UTC 2015

> On Oct 1, 2015, at 3:42 PM, Todd Underwood <toddunder at> wrote:
> it's just a new addressing protocol that happens to not work with the rest
> of the internet.  it's unfortunate that we made that mistake

I understand the comment, but I see some issues with it. The problem isn't that IPv6 isn't backward-compatible, or that the changes to the Socket Library aren't backward compatible (the socket interface being the reason we have to upgrade applications, and btw getaddrinfo *is* backward-compatible), it's that the old stuff (IPv4, gethostbyname) aren't forward compatible.

If we had deployed a new protocol that allowed us to use IPv4 addresses as well as the new format (which, BTW, we did), it would still be a new protocol that had to be deployed and enabled. There's no way to change the IPv4 address to be larger, or to get gethostbyname to return a non-IPv4 address. Had there been an easy way to expand an IPv4 address to a larger number of bytes, we wouldn't have needed to replace IPv4.
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