I didn't find "IPFILTER" in either the GENERIC or NOTES kernel files, so no, I 
didn't compile it in.  I was wondering about it, though, based on older kernel 
help messages I found on the net (> 10 years old).
I'll give both of those options a try.  Thanks!
- Michael


From: Odhiambo Washington [mailto:odhia...@gmail.com]
Sent: Fri 1/23/2009 6:39 AM
To: Michael VanLoon
Cc: freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject: Re: Dumb ipnat question

On Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 2:43 AM, Michael VanLoon <micha...@noncomposmentis.net> 

        I have built a simple 7.1 system in a VM.  I built a custom kernel that 
is basically GENERIC minus some hardware stuff I don't need, plus a few things 
that look cool.
        When I attempt to run the ipnat command, I get the error:
        /dev/ipnat: open: No such file or directory
        Sure enough, there are no ip* devices in /dev/.  In the "olden days", 
when I used to do a lot of BSD hacking, you used MAKEDEV to make the devices 
you wanted.  Nowadays, it's done with devfs.  I believe the upshot is that it's 
supposed to be semi-automagic, isn't it?
        Anyway, what am I doing wrong?  What do I need to configure to use 
ipnat and then later ipfw or ipfilter?

Did you load the modules?
ipl_load="YES" in /boot/loader.conf and reboot OR
kldload ipl

If you did not compile IPFILTER in the kernel, then you must load the module.

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