Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Wed Jun 3 01:24:10 PDT 2009

On Jun 2, 2009, at 20:57, Jeff Simmons wrote:

>>> There's a message that comes up somewhere during the compile
>>> process that
>>> openvas works much better with about 100 bpf devices (Berkeley
>>> Packet Filter,
>>> /dev/bpf*). There's four in there now, do you know if it's safe for
>>> me to
>>> just create 96 more using mknod? Or even better, is there the
>>> equivalent of
>>> the bsd MAKEDEV script hiding somewhere I haven't been able to find
>>> it?
>> I did see that message but I don't know anything about Berkeley
>> Packet Filter devices or creating nodes. You might try asking the
>> developers of openvas if they have further advice, since they at
>> least know something about that feature since they wrote their
>> software to use it.
> It's an OS question rather than a software question: how many  
> device nodes of
> that particular type can the OS handle? I've got some questions out  
> with
> Apple - I'll pass the results along.

I just don't know! :)

In the mean time, I added a port for openvas-plugins, so hopefully  
you can have a fully-functional openvas installation now. If anything  
needs to be tweaked in any of the ports, let me know!

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