Why does ifdown of an IPv6 alias tear all IPs off the interface?

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Issue

  • When utilizing ifdown to manage IPv6 aliases on an interface, all IPs are removed from the specified interface. When using the ifconfig commands, the appropriate actions occur.

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linus 7

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