Could not resolve name for AF_INET6

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Hello experts,      

I am using MPlayer and got an error message while listening to remote streams.

The error shows “Couldn’t resolve name for AF_INET6:”.

I can’t understand this annoying error message.

Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated.


Couldn’t resolve name for AF_INET6:

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Could not resolve name for AF_INET6


The root cause of this error might not actually be an internal issue in your system.

 It is better to cross-check the following to eliminate possible causes of this error.

1. Verify if the internet connection is in working condition.

2. Check if the mentioned link in the error pop-up-window is reachable.

3. The installations and upgrades in your operating system are up-to-date.

4. Ensure that all the codecs are updated regularly.

If there are no issues with the above mentioned pointers, try the following suggestion.

The main reason for this error is the presence of two versions of internet protocols namely IPv4 and IPv6. When a web location is being turned into an IP addr by MPlayer, the check for IPv6 takes place first after which it checks for IPv4. As v6 is not in use majorly now, MPlayer should be configured to not search for v6 unless v4 is not present.

This can be done manually by adding  prefer_ipv4=yes  in the config file homedir/.mplayer/config

MPlayer has to be restarted to activate the config file changes.

If none of the above works out, all you can do is find another source for this particular remote stream or wait till their server is up and running.

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