Cannot check for updates
Hi. I've just updated to:
built on Sat Jan 14 00:27:18 CST 2017
and am getting the "Unable to check for updates" error on the main GUI status page and on the update page.
When I check for package updates in System > Package Manager, instead of ticks I get exclamation marks which (when I hover over them) say "Package is configured but not installed". The packages do appear to be installed though, and are running ok.
I've tried the various fixes at https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=109690.0 such as
pkg update -f
pkg upgrade -f
checking the conf files are pointing at the right things etc
but still no luck. Does anyone have any suggestions please, or are there any known issues with this particular development snapshot please?
.. I've now gone through each package in the package manager and clicked the reinstall button. That has reinstalled each package, and I now have ticks rather than the exclamation marks. Also getting the package information seems to work there (e.g. if I go into Available Packages).
But the update for the main pfSense version on the main page and in the System > Update tab still isn't working.
crisdavid last edited by
Does updating from the pfSense console work?
The various update commands go through the motions (and no error is apparent), as does selecting the option from the SSH menu, but it doesn't resolve the problem with not being able to check for updates from the GUI.
Usually that means your system is missing some package record, like pfSense-base or a kernel package.
Post the output of "pkg list" and we can look it over, or compare it with another similar box to see what's missing.
Thanks jimp - much appreciated.
pkg list just said unknown command (is that expected?)
pkg info returns:
GeoIP-1.6.9 Find the country that any IP address or hostname originates from
aggregate-1.6_1 Optimise a list of route prefixes to help make nice short filters
barnyard2-1.13_1 Interpreter for Snort unified2 binary output files
broccoli-1.97,1 Bro Client Communications Library
ca_root_nss-3.28.1 Root certificate bundle from the Mozilla Project
curl-7.52.1_1 Non-interactive tool to get files from FTP, GOPHER, HTTP(S) servers
daq-2.0.6_1 Data Acquisition abstraction library for snort 2.9+
expat-2.2.0_1 XML 1.0 parser written in C
fontconfig-2.12.1,1 XML-based font configuration API for X Windows
freetype2-2.6.3 Free and portable TrueType font rendering engine
gdbm-1.12 GNU database manager
gettext-runtime-0.19.8.1 GNU gettext runtime libraries and programs
giflib-5.1.4 Tools and library routines for working with GIF images
glib-2.46.2 Some useful routines of C programming (current stable version)
graphviz-2.38.0_14 Graph Visualization Software from AT&T and Bell Labs
grepcidr-2.0 Filter IP addresses matching IPv4 CIDR/network specification
igmpproxy-0.1_3,1 Multicast forwarding IGMP proxy
indexinfo-0.2.6 Utility to regenerate the GNU info page index
jbigkit-2.1_1 Lossless compression for bi-level images such as scanned pages, faxes
jpeg-turbo-1.5.1 SIMD-accelerated JPEG codec which replaces libjpeg
libdnet-1.12_1 Simple interface to low level networking routines
libedit-3.1.20150325_2,1 Command line editor library
libffi-3.2.1 Foreign Function Interface
libfontenc-1.1.3 The fontenc Library
libgd-2.2.3_1,1 Graphics library for fast creation of images
libiconv-1.14_9 Character set conversion library
libltdl-2.4.6 System independent dlopen wrapper
libnghttp2-1.18.0 HTTP/2.0 C Library
libpcap-1.8.1 Ubiquitous network traffic capture library
libsodium-1.0.11_1 Library to build higher-level cryptographic tools
libxml2-2.9.4 XML parser library for GNOME
libzmq4-4.1.5 ZeroMQ core library (Version 4)
lighttpd-1.4.44 Secure, fast, compliant, and flexible Web Server
luajit-2.0.4_1 Just-In-Time Compiler for Lua
mkfontdir-1.0.7 Create an index of X font files in a directory
mkfontscale-1.1.2 Creates an index of scalable font files for X
mysql56-client-5.6.34 Multithreaded SQL database (client)
ndpi-1.8.2016.07.13 NTOP-maintained superset of the popular OpenDPI library
nmap-7.40 Port scanning utility for large networks
norm-1.5r6 NACK-Oriented Reliable Multicast (NORM)
ntopng-2.4.2016.10.14 Network monitoring tool with command line and web interfaces
pcre-8.39 Perl Compatible Regular Expressions library
perl5-5.20.3_15 Practical Extraction and Report Language
pfSense-base-2.3.3.a.20170114.0027 pfSense core files
pfSense-pkg-Backup-0.4_2 pfSense package Backup
pfSense-pkg-Cron-0.3.7 pfSense package Cron
pfSense-pkg-RRD_Summary-1.3.2_2 pfSense package RRD_Summary
pfSense-pkg-Shellcmd-1.0.2_2 pfSense package Shellcmd
pfSense-pkg-System_Patches-1.1.5_1 pfSense package System_Patches
pfSense-pkg-nmap-1.4.4_1 pfSense package nmap
pfSense-pkg-ntopng-0.8.5 pfSense package ntopng
pfSense-pkg-pfBlockerNG-2.1.1_5 pfSense package pfBlockerNG
pfSense-pkg-snort-184.108.40.206_15 pfSense package snort
pfSense-rc-2.3.3.a.20170114.0027 pfSense rc script
pkg-1.9.4_1 Package manager
png-1.6.27 Library for manipulating PNG images
python27-2.7.13_1 Interpreted object-oriented programming language
redis-3.2.6 Persistent key-value database with built-in net interface
rrdtool-1.6.0_1 Round Robin Database Tools
snort-220.127.116.11 Lightweight network intrusion detection system
sqlite3-3.15.1_1 SQL database engine in a C library
tiff-4.0.7_1 Tools and library routines for working with TIFF images
webfonts-0.30_13 TrueType core fonts for the Web
webp-0.5.2 Google WebP image format conversion tool
whois-5.1.5_1 Marco d'Itri whois client
xproto-7.0.31 X11 protocol headers
yeah "pkg info" was right, I was posting from my phone earlier so either it autocorrected on me or I mistyped it on the tiny screen :-)
Looks like you're missing several packages that should be there.
pkg install pfSense pfSense-default-config pfSense-kernel-pfSense pfSense-repo pfSense-upgrade
That is a assuming a full install with a standard kernel. If you're on NanoBSD or if you used a serial memstick you might have a different kernel.
Thank you - that sorted it.