Blocking until the network is ready at boot?

Devin Teske devin.teske at
Thu Jan 12 17:42:47 UTC 2012

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at [mailto:owner-freebsd-
> questions at] On Behalf Of Lowell Gilbert
> Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2012 8:37 AM
> To: kpneal at
> Cc: freebsd-questions at
> Subject: Re: Blocking until the network is ready at boot?
> kpneal at writes:
> > On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 10:09:00AM -0500, Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> >> kpneal at writes:
> >>
> >> > What's the correct way to get the rc.d scripts to block until the
> >> > network interface is _fully_ ready to carry traffic?
> >>
> >> According to rc.conf(5), netwait_enable is what you want.
> >
> > Does this require 9.x? I can't find any reference to that setting in
> > any of my 8.2 rc.d scripts.
> It's only been around on 8.x for about 6 months, so I guess you don't have it.
> can just install it in /etc/rc.d and add it as a requirement for

We (VICOR) liked it (netwait) so much, we back-ported it as a package... and now
make it available to the public (as of today -- looks like you folks could use

NOTE: The package automatically enables itself as a requirement for
mountcritremote (pkg_add, add "netwait_enable=YES" to rc.conf(5) and reboot;
that's it).

Download here:


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