NFSv4 - how to set up at FreeBSD 8.1 ?

perryh at perryh at
Thu Jan 6 08:50:41 UTC 2011

Rick Macklem <rmacklem at> wrote:

> Sun did add a separate file locking protocol called the NLM
> or rpc.lockd if you prefer, but that protocol design was
> fundamentally flawed imho and, as such, using it is in the
> "your mileage may vary" category.

I suppose it was not all that bad, considering that what it sought
to accomplish is incomputable.  There is simply no way for either
the server or the client to distinguish between "the other end has
crashed" and "there is a temporary communication failure" until the
other end comes back up or communication is restored.

On a good day, in a completely homogeneous environment (server and
all clients running the same OS revision and patchlevel), I trust
lockd about as far as I can throw 10GB of 1980's SMD disk drives :)

Exporting /var/spool/mail read/write tends to ensure that good days
will be rare.  Been there, done that, seen the result.  Never again.
That's what IMAP is for.

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