PfSense box not reachable after update. Lots of php warnings…
I have a pretty clean pfSense box that I installed and set up a year or so ago. Until today it was running 2.3.3. So I tried to update (apparently to 2.4.0) and nothing works anymore. I didn't do anything special with the machine like installing packages or other advanced things.
The web gui keeps repeating
Not yet ready
Retrying in another 20 seconds
I also can't ssh into the box. I can't even ping it.
So I hooked up a monitor and saw a lot of warnings (see first attachment).
I did a reboot. But the same errors are popping up.
I tried option 13 (Update from console). But nothing seems to happen. I see the same warnings on the screen.
I also tried option 16 (Restart PHP-FPM). But again nothing seems to happen.
It also seems like because of the warning messages, I can't see all options available. (E.g. it starts with option 4)
From the shell (option 8) I tried to run
pkg update -fand
pkg-static update -f. But both commands just complained about a missing repo meta file and failed (see second attachment).
How can I fix this? I don't have a backup for the configuration. And because the web gui doesn't work, I don't know how I would get one.
But even then, I really don't want to install the machine again because that would mean downloading the image over my mobile connection which is way too expensive.
I really hope you can help me out.
widmark last edited by
Does your FW have contact with the rest of the world? Can you ping google.com for example? I think the "no address record" means you have no DNS. Check your /var/etc/resolv.conf
If it is empty you can put google-dns into it with:
echo 'nameserver 22.214.171.124' >> /var/etc/resolv.conf
I checked and the file does not exit. I also can't ping anything from the pfSense machine. "Not route to host"
I just ran the echo command to see if it helps, but it didn't. Then I rebooted and it still didn't work plus the file is suddenly gone again.
DKentoy last edited by
I had a little problem almost the same. I tried to install the latest version from the option in pfSense, but that failed, then I didn't have any contact to the "world".
Do you have access to the webinterface? Then you could take a backup of pfSense. Install the latest version of pfSense and restore the XML file you got from the backup.
That solve my problem.
loonylion last edited by
try bouncing the LAN interface from the console (ifconfig if down; ifconfig if up) and then restarting php-fpm if you get a 502 error