I am running Ubuntu Server 18-04 VM on Zorin host.

I am wanting to translate the source address of all packets leaving via enp0s3 to with nftables. This is what I have done:

apt install nftables

modprobe nft_nat

modprobe nft_chain_nat_ipv4

nft add table nat

nft add chain nat post { type nat hook postrouting priority 0 \; }

nft add chain nat pre { type nat hook prerouting priority 0 \; }

nft add rule nat postrouting oif enp0s3 snat to

I get:

Error: Could not process rule: No such file or directory

According to this post here

"Note: You may have to create /etc/modules-load.d/nftables.conf with all of the nftables related modules you require as entries for the systemd service to work correctly. You can get a list of modules using this command: $ lsmod | grep '^nf' Otherwise, you could end up with the dreaded Error: Could not process rule: No such file or directory error."

The output of $ lsmod | grep '^nf' is:

nft_chain_nat_ipv4     16384  2    
nf_conntrack_ipv4      16384  1    
nf_defrag_ipv4         16384  1 nf_conntrack_ipv4    
nf_nat_ipv4            16384  1 nft_chain_nat_ipv4    
nft_nat                16384  0    
nf_nat                 32768  2 nft_nat,nf_nat_ipv4    
nf_conntrack          131072  4    
nf_tables_inet         16384  4    
nf_tables_ipv6         16384  1 nf_tables_inet    
nf_tables_ipv4         16384  2 nf_tables_inet    
nf_tables              90112  5     
nfnetlink              16384  1 nf_tables

I have cut and pasted this into the /etc/modules-load.d/nftables.conf file without success.

Does anyone know how I can resolve this error?

The rule should be nft add rule nat post "subnet address of enp0s3" snat to

The example of subnet address of enp0s3 may be like

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