Finally a real OpenBSD question.
>> i dont want to use pf i want ipf which i have used for years
Same here. Though, I have been playing around with pf for several months but I don't like it for several reasons:
1) In 2.X, ipf on OpenBSD didn't have a good record in stability. It was broken in all version except 2.9-current prior to its removal. This leads to (2) below.
2) pf, being a brand new packet filter, the stability of it is very doubtful. Unless it's been tested for a year or so, I don't think it's usable in a production environment at this moment.
3) pf's author claimed that pf's syntax is compatible with ipf but that's not so true. pf seems to have an easily-readable rulesets than ipf and that's the only advantage I have experienced with so far. The problem is, when we are migrating to something new, it takes time and money and I can't afford it at this moment. So I'd wait and see.
>> is it possible to dl the newest ipf and compile it to work on 3.0
Definitely but not a wise move just because ipf can no longer be built into the kernel. That was the reason why I didn't try to look for the answer for your same question.
>> if you guys know of any good openbsd forums
(not 24/7, perhaps 6/3)
>> places that folks share packages please post addy
Don't know any. Why don't you search google.com?
Just so you know, I used to run 4 OpenBSD boxes plus other BSDs and I have 2 Open left (2.9-current and 3.0-current). 2 of them were being migrated to NetBSD and FreeBSD.
So my question is, is there any valid reason why you can't migrate to Net/Free so you can continue to use ipf?