Subject: Re: vnd vs. NFS: PR 16570
To: Ross Patterson <Ross.Patterson@CatchFS.Com>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/29/2002 16:11:56
On Sat, Sep 28, 2002 at 06:54:45PM -0400, Ross Patterson wrote:
> I've just been bitten by what looks like the problem described in PR16570 - 
> an inability to use vnconfig on files residing in NFS-mounted filesystems  
> (I'm building NetBSD boot-floppy and CD-ROM images, ala 
> /usr/src/distrib/i386/floppies/...).  I can see the problem is closed (ref. 
>, but can't 
> figure out what release the fix is in.  I'm currently running 1.5, obviously 
> that's not the one :-)

It's in 1.6. It seems it has not been pulled up to the 1.5 branch, however.

> As long as I'm asking questions, is there any other workaround besides:
> 	1) Moving the base-file out of NFS (involves messing with the Makefiles).
> 	2) Upgrading my development machine to 1.6 (not a bad idea, but I'd rather 
> not do it right at this moment).

If I trust the PR, it seems that using the block-device instead of the
raw device will work.

You can also try to apply the fix to your 1.5 kernel sources.

Manuel Bouyer <>