pf killing NFS

Luke Dean LukeD at
Tue Dec 12 22:51:29 PST 2006

On Wed, 13 Dec 2006, Charles Sprickman wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm running a 6.2-RC1 box (cvsup'd today) that has two broadcom nics.  One is 
> an internal network (nfs) and the other is external.
> PF has this rule for all traffic on the private net:
> [root at archive /home/jails]# pfctl -sr|grep bge1
> pass in quick on bge1 inet from to any
> pass out quick on bge1 inet from any to
> No state since these are "quick" and symmetrical.
> Doing something like "ls /usr/ports" will just hang until interrupted. Using 
> tcp for nfs makes it workable, but very slow.
> If I disable pf (pfctl -d), both types of mounts work, and speed is 
> excellent.  I also just found that if I remove the "scrub in all" statement 
> and change it to "scrub in on bge0", things are fine.

I believe it's a bad idea to run NFS traffic through scrub unless you use 
the "no-df" option with it.  I just don't scrub my internal network 
traffic at all.
I got this from "man pf.conf":

      scrub has the following options:

            Clears the dont-fragment bit from a matching IP packet.  Some oper-
            ating systems are known to generate fragmented packets with the
            dont-fragment bit set.  This is particularly true with NFS.  Scrub
            will drop such fragmented dont-fragment packets unless no-df is

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