FreBSD 8

Grant Peel gpeel at
Wed Jul 7 02:39:53 UTC 2010

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Grant Peel" <gpeel at>
To: <freebsd-questions at>
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 1:07 PM
Subject: FreBSD 8

> Hi again all,
> I have just installed FreeBSD 8 on my NFS server.
> The older machines (FreeBSD 6.x) are able to connect to the NFS exports 
> fine.
> I have also installed FreeBSD 8 to two more machines, 1 is a Dell 1850, 
> and the other an R200. Both of these machines had FreeBSD 6.x on them and 
> were able to connect to the share with no problem.
> The error I am getting is: RPCPROG_NFS: RPC: Program not registered
> I have pretty much memorized the handbook with regards to NFS at this 
> point:
> On the server, (from the Handbook), all the following are in rc.conf:
> rpcbind_enable="YES"
> nfs_server_enable="YES"
> mountd_flags="-r"
> On the Clietn(s), the following line is present:
> nfs_client_enable="YES"
> I have tried:
> nfs_reserved_port_only="YES"
> and
> nfs_reserved_port_only="NO"
> which does not appear to make a difference.
> also,
> start nfsiod -n 4 on the client, does not seem to start (not showing in 
> the process list anyways, and no console output whn I try to start it.
> FYI, I can ping, ssh etc etc etc through the same IPS as the nfs 
> server/client use (192.168.0.x).
> If it makes any difference the Server is uing fxp ethernet, and one client 
> is using em and the other bge.
> I know there's something simple I am missing, but damned if I can find it. 
> I had the same issue trying to connect using the live filesystem a few 
> weeks back, so it seems to be something with freebsd 8. (Configuration?).
> Any help appreciated,
> -Grant
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This is now fixed, FWIW, the problem seems to be that the FreeBSD 8 NFS 
server is only usig UDP when setup as described in the handbook. The FreeBSD 
8 clients were looking for tcp. Hence the error:

"[tcp] RPCPROG_NFS: RPC: Program not registered"

Once I added:

nfs_server_flags="-t -u -h -n 15"

to the nfs server rc.conf, and rebooted it, the clients connected first try.

If I am still missing something, feel free to comment.


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