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

From: Miroslav Lachman <>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2021 19:33:18 UTC
On 28/10/2021 18:25, Ed Maste wrote:
> On Thu, 28 Oct 2021 at 11:05, Eugene Grosbein <> wrote:
>> Please do not remove what is not broken.
> That is exactly the problem though: it was broken. It was fixed only
> because the CHERI folks found that it wasn't working and fixed it, and
> they are not going to be using it much longer. If nobody else
> regularly tests it in -CURRENT it will break again, and will end up
> broken in a release.

Can this problem be covered by some automated tests to catch it sooner - 
before release?

> That said, since it does seem that several folks
> are still currently using i I'll avoid trying to remove it in the near
> future.
> A caveat for the man pages may instead be something like:
>      The smbfs filesystem driver supports only the obsolete SMBv1 protocol.
>      smbfs is unmaintained and may not function correctly in FreeBSD 14 or
>      later.  Users are advised to evaluate the sysutils/fusefs-smbnetfs port
>      instead. 

Kind regards
Miroslav Lachman