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Because archive.ubuntu.com hasn't any IPv6 endpoints, an IPv6-only Ubuntu machine is quite unusable: no package management, no updates, etc.

Is there any way to overcome this problem without enabling IPv4?

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The main archive server, and many mirrors don't support IPv6 so going IPv6 only is very cutting edge of you but... most of the rest of humanity probably will join you when we are well into 2012 (if not 2015) or when it becomes really unavoidable.

That being said...

  1. I found a link from 2008 that states you can use a gateway from sixxs.net From the link:

    Edit your sources.list and replace http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ by http://archive.ubuntu.com.ipv6.sixxs.org/ubuntu/

    Looking at the website this looks like it is still working.

  2. Some mirrors are IPv6-ready (the ones operated by BIT). Their URLs are...

    • nl.archive.ubuntu.com / ubuntuarchive.bit.nl
    • ftp.belnet.be (BelNet)
    • ie.archive.ubuntu.com / ubuntu.ftp.heanet.ie (HeaNet).
    • mirrors.xmission.com (operated by Xmission)

So the answer is yes you can do it w/o IPv4 but why not use both IPv4 and IPv6 like everyone else does that uses IPv6?

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thanks! why i wanted to go ipv6 only is because ipv4 addresses are a lot more expansive at my cloud provider, and with many servers it adds up.. –  Carl Hörberg Sep 18 '11 at 19:08
    
I would also point out that mirrors.xmission.com is IPv6 enabled. IPv6 didn't work for a while, but I talked to them and they fixed it. –  Azendale Oct 15 '11 at 0:09
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