Why 'getent' command is resolving ipv6 address only and not ipv4 in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 ?

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  • When getent is run with host <self-hostname> its resolving current system ipv6 address and not ipv4 as shown below.

    # getent hosts $(hostname -s)
    fe80::ae16:2dff:xxxx:xxxx HOSTNAME
    fe80::ae16:2dff:xxxx:xxxx HOSTNAME
  • Any of these ipv6 address is not mentioned in /etc/hosts file.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • getent

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