You are experiencing one of the many problems created by the new file system in the 5.x development releases. The file system gets all locked up and then times out before releasing the sector on the hard drive so it can be read by program.
Dude, Travis' problem sounds a lot more like what would happen if one of the nameservers listed in /etc/resolv.conf wasn't responding to DNS queries.
Your responses would be more helpful to other people if you refrained from locking the notion that all problems with 5.x are due to UFS2 into your brain, or for that matter, being convinced that IPFW is completely broken and there is a conspiracy against other firewalls on FreeBSD. :-)
PS: To debug your problem, try using "dig @ns1 host", where you replace ns1 with each of the DNS resolvers you have listed or available, and replace host with one or more hostnames that have been causing delays. This will show you how quickly DNS is working and thus confirm whether the problem lies in this area, or else expose which nameserver isn't working and maybe why...
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