Re: Deprecating smbfs(5) and removing it before FreeBSD 14

From: Eugene Grosbein <>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2021 22:05:11 +0700
28.10.2021 21:44, Ed Maste wrote:

> The smbfs(5) filesystem supports only the obsolete SMBv1 protocol, and
> I propose removing it for FreeBSD 14. I know the CHERI folks have been
> using it but they plan to migrate away from it. It was broken for
> months before they fixed it, so I suspect nobody is using it on
> contemporary releases.
> I have review D32707 ( open to add
> this deprecation notice to the man page:
>      The smbfs filesystem driver supports only the obsolete SMBv1 protocol.
>      smbfs and userspace counterparts smbutil(1) and mount_smbfs(8) are not
>      present in FreeBSD 14 and above.  Users are advised to evaluate the
>      sysutils/fusefs-smbnetfs port instead.
> A similar notice would be added to the smbutil and mount_smbfs man
> pages, and manu_at_ suggested having the userland utilities emit a
> warning when they are used.
> I am interested in comments, objections, or reports that anyone is in
> fact using smbfs.

I routinely use smbfs(5) to access files on Windows-based local file servers,
both for read and write.

Also, some hosters provide extra network storage (for backups etc.) available over SMB.

Please do not remove what is not broken.
Received on Thu Oct 28 2021 - 15:05:11 UTC

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