rpcbind is enabled by default, and gnome-boxes requires it

Andrew Lutomirski luto at mit.edu
Tue Apr 15 15:47:34 UTC 2014

I don't know whether this should be a gnome-boxes bug, an rpcbind bug,
or a FESCo ticket, or something else, so I'm asking here.

rpcbind enables itself by default.  This page says that it has a
specific exception, so it's okay:


I assume that the exception comes from the idea that server systems
probably want it on if they've installed it.  That may make sense in
some contexts.

Alas, libvirt-daemon-kvm requires libvirt-daemon-driver-storage, which
requires nfs-utils, and nfs-utils requires rpcbind.

gnome-boxes, in turn, requires libvirt-daemon-kvm, resulting in this:

tcp        0      0   *
LISTEN      774/rpcbind
tcp        0      0 *
LISTEN      887/rpc.mountd
tcp        0      0   *
LISTEN      930/rpc.rquotad

*on my laptop*

IMO this is bad.  Should I file a FESCo ticket asking to revoke the
rpcbind and nfs-utils exceptions?  Should I file a bug against


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