problem on pf @ freebsd 7.0

xSAPPYx xsappyx at
Wed May 14 18:07:16 UTC 2008

Take a look in /etc/defaults/rc.conf  The bits for PF are already
there. All you should need is to set   pf_enable="YES"
A quick guess would be that that /etc/defaults/rc.conf is loaded after
/etc/rc.conf, and pf_enable is reset to NO, but that is just a guess.

Here is my pf section from /etc/defaults/rc.conf  that brings pf up on boot:

pf_enable="YES"                 # Set to YES to enable packet filter (pf)
pf_rules="/etc/pf.conf"         # rules definition file for pf
pf_program="/sbin/pfctl"        # where the pfctl program lives
pf_flags=""                     # additional flags for pfctl
pflog_enable="YES"              # Set to YES to enable packet filter logging
pflog_logfile="/var/log/pflog"  # where pflogd should store the logfile
pflog_program="/sbin/pflogd"    # where the pflogd program lives
pflog_flags=""                  # additional flags for pflogd

On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 5:24 AM, RW <fbsd06 at> wrote:
> On Wed, 14 May 2008 09:24:52 +0800
> "CyberSans AirBort" <cybersans at> wrote:
>> and guess what? pf is not loading when startup. i have to manually
>> restarted the pf using /etc/rc.d/pf restart
> What exactly do you mean by "not loading"? Do you mean not working?
> Are there any pf related error messages in /var/log/messages.
> In some case pf does need a /etc/rc.d/pf resync (or restart) done
> at a later stage. e.g if  pf.conf uses hostnames that can't be resolved
> at that stage of the boot.
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