Pfsense without nanobsd image



  • Hi, all

    I learn that release 2.4 will have no nanobsd image. If I install pfsense to a compact flash drive, how can I reduce writing to CF?
    Currently, I have a old PC with a 2G CF card with nanobsd image installed on a IDE slot, it works great for more than 5 years.
    Is it possible to have a similar installation like this after 2.4 released, I mean with minial CF wear out problem?

    Thanks for any help.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    System > Advanced, Misc tab, check "Use RAM Disks" and it will put /tmp and /var in RAM. You will want to set larger sizes, depending on the RAM you have available and which packages you require.



  • Are the dual slice arrangements with NanoBSD going away too?


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Yes. That is only a part of NanoBSD and NanoBSD is gone.



  • Thanks for you reply. I will only need snort package. Is snort only write to /tmp or /var?
    What is the size of ram disk suggested?

    BTW: How much disk space is required for a full pfsense install, I cannot find it documented
    anywhere



  • This is about the standard minimal installation without any packages, output is from 'zpool list' because this is on ZFS:

    
    $ zpool list
    NAME    SIZE  ALLOC   FREE  EXPANDSZ   FRAG    CAP  DEDUP  HEALTH  ALTROOT
    zroot  27.8G   575M  27.2G         -     2%     2%  1.00x  ONLINE  -
    
    

    So roughly 575MBs are used by the installation.



  • I learn that release 2.4 will have no nanobsd image.

    32Bit and NANO BSD are gone, but there fore we got ARM support and some other nice things, so it was nothing
    less but more changed against other things that are available now.

    If I install pfsense to a compact flash drive, how can I reduce writing to CF?

    Alternately you may go with a 4 GB or 8 GB IDE flash module or with a IDE SSD that might be the best option in my eyes.

    Currently, I have a old PC with a 2G CF card with nanobsd image installed on a IDE slot, it works great for more than 5 years.

    32Bit hardware? This might be also running out too! So newer hardware will be not so really high in price,
    the APU2C4 or the SG series might be holding for Internet account with lower speeds.

    Is it possible to have a similar installation like this after 2.4 released, I mean with minial CF wear out problem?

    As stated above you should try out a small IDE SSD.

    Thanks for you reply. I will only need snort package. Is snort only write to /tmp or /var?

    What is your Internet connection speed?

    BTW: How much disk space is required for a full pfsense install, I cannot find it documented
    anywhere

    pfSense and snort is able to install on a small 16 GB mSATA storage. The APU2C4 is able to get around
    for ~199 € and the SG-2220 is able to get for $299.