ipa-server-upgrade: IPv6 stack is enabled in the kernel but there is no interface that has ::1 address assigned

I applied the latest CentOS updates, as usual. It included a kernel update, so I rebooted the system:

$ sudo yum update -y
$ sudo reboot

After reboot, ipactl showed that FreeIPA was not running:

$ sudo ipactl status
Directory Service: STOPPED
Directory Service must be running in order to obtain status of other services
ipa: INFO: The ipactl command was successful

I tried to start it:

$ sudo ipactl start
Upgrade required: please run ipa-server-upgrade command
Aborting ipactl

I tried running ipa-server-upgrade:

$ sudo ipa-server-upgrade
IPv6 stack is enabled in the kernel but there is no interface that has ::1 address assigned. Add ::1 address resolution to 'lo' interface. You might need to enable IPv6 on the interface 'lo' in sysctl.conf.
The ipa-server-upgrade command failed. See /var/log/ipaupgrade.log for more information

I had previously disabled IPv6 in /etc/sysctl.conf and removed the ::1 entry from /etc/hosts.

I added the localhost entry back to /etc/hosts:

::1         localhost localhost.localdomain localhost6 localhost6.localdomain6

I removed the statements disabling IPv6 from /etc/sysctl.conf:

net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1
net.ipv6.conf.default.disable_ipv6 = 1
net.ipv6.conf.lo.disable_ipv6 = 1

I rebooted for good measure, but even after reboot ipa-server-upgrade produced the same error. Indeed, IPv6 is not enabled:

$ ping6 ::1
connect: No route to host
$ ping6 localhost
connect: No route to host
$ sysctl net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6
net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 1

That makes sense. Merely removing the lines setting IPv6 to disabled didn’t actually do anything to re-enable it.

$ sudo sysctl net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6=0
net.ipv6.conf.all.disable_ipv6 = 0
$ sudo sysctl net.ipv6.conf.lo.disable_ipv6=0
net.ipv6.conf.lo.disable_ipv6 = 0

After that change, ping6 ::1 and ping6 localhost worked as expected. I left IPv6 disabled on the default interface, but noticed in ifconfig that eth0 had picked up an IPv6 address, so I disabled that:

$ sudo sysctl net.ipv6.conf.eth0.disable_ipv6=1

I also added that same line to /etc/sysctl.conf.

I ran the upgrade again:

$ sudo ipa-server-upgrade
Upgrading IPA:. Estimated time: 1 minute 30 seconds
The IPA services were upgraded
The ipa-server-upgrade command was successful

And started FreeIPA:

$ sudo ipactl start
Starting Directory Service
Starting krb5kdc Service
Starting kadmin Service
Starting httpd Service
Starting ipa-custodia Service
Starting ntpd Service
Starting pki-tomcatd Service
Starting ipa-otpd Service
ipa: INFO: The ipactl command was successful

Success! And apparently disabling IPv6 is not the best idea.

6 thoughts on “ipa-server-upgrade: IPv6 stack is enabled in the kernel but there is no interface that has ::1 address assigned”

  1. Hello,
    Thank you for this useful information. Now I can proceed with my IPA server installation.

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