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I have traffic shaping with tc and htb in place and everything works fine for IPv4. Now I want to limit the bandwidth for incoming IPv6 ssh/sftp traffic to some reasonable amount, so it doesn't interfere with more critical traffic. In short, nothing worked:

tc class add dev eth0 parent 1:0 classid 1:14 htb rate 3000kbit ceil 3000kbit prio 3

ip6tables -A POSTROUTING -t mangle -o eth0 -p tcp --dport 22 -j MARK --set-mark 14
tc filter add dev eth0 parent 1:0 protocol ip handle 14 fw flowid 1:14
# or
tc filter add dev eth0 parent 1:0 protocol ipv6 u32 match ip6 protocol 6 0xff match ip6 dport 22 0xffff flowid 1:14
# or variations of these...

How does one traffic-shape IPv6 data with tc?

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Define "nothing worked". – Michael Hampton Dec 20 '12 at 0:52
other than my IPv4 filters (for example IPv4 sftp traffic rules) the IPv6 traffic shaping rules do not reduce the speed of my IPv6 sftp transfers. – Thomas Dec 20 '12 at 11:23

Unfortunately tc does not work yet for IPv6.


The Routing Policy Database (RPDB) replaced the IPv4 routing and addressing structure within the Linux Kernel which lead to all the wonderful features this HOWTO describes. Unfortunately, the IPv6 structure within Linux was implemented outside of this core structure. Although they do share some facilities, the essential RPDB structure does not particpate in or with the IPv6 addressing and routing structures.

This will change for sure, we just have to wait a little longer.


If anyone knows if this is fixed from a certain kernel version on, or if there is a plan to fix this in a future version, feel free to update!

Possible workaround (not tested by myself so far) is to tunnel the IPv6 traffic (SIT tunnel) and filter on the IPv4 packets that contain the IPv6 packets.

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