Is NFS still broken in FreeBSD?

Julien Cigar julien at
Fri Aug 9 09:21:52 UTC 2019

On Fri, Aug 09, 2019 at 01:46:27AM +0200, hw wrote:
> Hi,


> according to [1], NFS in FreeBSD is broken, and I'm wondering if it
> still is.

define "broken"? NFS is used in production here for years and works like
a charm. The only annoying issue was PR 205193 (as we use jails
extensively), but it has now been fixed.

> I need to export some directories rw and some ro with an /etc/exports
> like this:
> /b/tftpboot/FreeBSD/install -ro -maproot=root
> /p/default

this is not a valid /etc/exports file, check man 5 exports

> The "default" directory needs to be exported read-write.  That seems to
> be impossible with FreeBSD --- if that is really so, NFS is totally
> broken in FreeBSD.  To make it more strange, it worked as intended until
> I restarted the server.  NFS v4 doesn't seem to work at all.

use something like:

V4: /someroot -sec=sys
/someroot/default -rw -network somehost -mask somenetmask

> This has cost me a whole day now :(

also, for a NFS V4 only server/client you could set:


> [1]:
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