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Kernel Lock Manager Protocol (KLM)

The KLM protocol is used to manage lock requests between the VFS layer in the kernel of a ["NFS"] host and the userspace lock manager daemon. This protocol is only used across the loopback interface and will never bee seen on a network.


This protocol was developed at the same time as ["NLM"] and is semi-similar to ["NLM"].

Protocol dependencies

Example traffic

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The KLM dissector is fully functional.

Preference Settings

There are no preferences for the KLM protocol itself, but since it shares the filehandle structure with ["NFS"] there are some ["NFS"] preferences related to filehandles that do affect the dissection of KLM. BR See ["NFS Preferences"]

Example capture file


Display Filter

A complete list of PROTO display filter fields can be found in the [ display filter reference]

Capture Filter

You cannot directly filter KLM while capturing. However, if you know the ["UDP"] port used (see above), you can filter on that one. KLM only exists ontop of the loopback interface so one can only capture KLM on a host that allows capturing of loopback.

A KLM specification does not exist, however most unixen do have an interface specification for the protocol in /usr/include/rpcsvc