Upgrading FreeBSD to use the NEW pf syntax.

Gleb Smirnoff glebius at FreeBSD.org
Mon Nov 26 15:00:30 UTC 2012


On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 02:11:32PM -0000, Paul Webster wrote:
P> I only really need one question answered in honesty;
P> I personally think that by forking our own version of PF we have  
P> essentially made something totally different to what everyone wants to  
P> use. Which is fine, but because of that development of new features have  
P> dropped behind.
P> If we had kept up with OpenBSD's version even if we trailed it by one  
P> MAJOR release; at least part of the development would have been done.
P> So now we end up in a situation where we have these firewalls,  
P> IPFW2,ipf,pf(modded) and users wanting the newer features of OpenBSD's pf.  
P> So timewise the fork of pf may have actually cost more in time rather than  
P> less.
P> I don't however think the 'solution' to the problem is just to say no to  
P> the userbase by not even trying to port across the newer pf. I think we  
P> should look at bringing it across, slowly and seeing what the uptake is  
P> like; in a few MAJOR releases we can start to look at which of the  
P> firewalls realistically are not used that much and should be deprecated.

  If you see a large userbase that eagers to see new pf, then you can port
it to FreeBSD, maintain it, catch up with new versions from OpenBSD,
and so on. No one forbids you doing that.

Totus tuus, Glebius.

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