NFS lockd on server-only machine - bug or feature?

FreeBSD 6.4 lockd does not work when nfsclient is disabled in kernel configuration. It errors out saying "nfslock: no such file or directory".
Shouldn't there be at least a warning in kernel configuration file? :\


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It's missing a file or directory on your system. That's the error message. Has nothing to do with your kernel config.
Thanks for response. I do not think you did read my post though.
FreeBSD 6.4 lockd does not work when nfsclient is disabled in kernel configuration.
Missing is device node /dev/nfslock. This node is created if "options NFSCLIENT" is set in kernel conf, and is not created if it's commented out. The error message in /var/log/messages is vague, that's true. It took a little headscratching before I figured out what's wrong.
Looking at the bright side, first time in years FreeBSD lockd is willing to respond to Linux NFS clients. Yea, I know, Linux has those NFS cookies with questionable length. Still, the problem was annoying.
I'd say the line in kernel config should look like this:
options NFSCLIENT # Dude, you need this if you want to use NFS locking


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I don't have it in my kernel config either. It gets loaded on the fly when needed.

Id Refs Address    Size     Name
 1   35 0xc0400000 456ad0   kernel
 2    1 0xc0857000 12b8c    if_ath.ko
 3    3 0xc086a000 2ec28    ath_hal.ko
 4    3 0xc0899000 2c19c    wlan.ko
 5    2 0xc08c6000 4138     ath_rate.ko
 6    1 0xc08cb000 8754     snd_emu10k1.ko
 7    3 0xc08d4000 4a55c    sound.ko
 8    1 0xc091f000 711edc   nvidia.ko
 9    3 0xc1031000 27414    linux.ko
10    1 0xc1059000 7f7c     ng_ubt.ko
11    4 0xc1061000 d88c     netgraph.ko
12    1 0xc106f000 dcc8     ng_hci.ko
13    3 0xc107d000 2bd8     ng_bluetooth.ko
14    1 0xc1080000 6a5d4    acpi.ko
15    1 0xc58d5000 7000     linprocfs.ko
16    2 0xc5b17000 36000    nfsclient.ko
17    1 0xc5bb4000 f000     nfslockd.ko
18    1 0xc5bc3000 10000    krpc.ko
19    1 0xc5bed000 1a000    ng_btsocket.ko
20    1 0xc5c11000 5000     vkbd.ko
21    1 0xc5c1c000 e000     fuse.ko
22    1 0xc6177000 7000     udf.ko
23    1 0xc6195000 b000     ntfs.ko

This is on 7-stable though. It's been a while since I used 6. But since 5 all /dev devices are created on the fly (devfs), not during install or build.
Yes, but that's not the point. I do not need nfsclient, so I built this box without this service/feature. And without any warning lockd refused to run. BTW, I build my boxes as lean as possible and do not build all the unnecessary kernel modules ("MODULES_OVERRIDE" variable in make.conf). So I had to rebuild my kernel to enable nfsclient.
I posted here because I wasn't happy this behaviour is undocumented, probably a bug. But I think it's wrong place for complaining about bugs.
$ kldstat 
Id Refs Address    Size     Name
 1    3 0xc0400000 367fd8   kernel
 2    1 0xc0768000 61398    acpi.ko
As you see, not too many modules are loaded. ;)