Trying to update a 2.3.4_1 install to 2.4.2 and I am unable to check for updates



  • When I switched the update settings over to the 2.4 branch, it says "unable to check for updates". If I do option 13 from the console, I get this:

    Enter an option: 13
    
    >>> Updating repositories metadata...
    Updating pfSense-core repository catalogue...
    pkg-static: Repository pfSense-core has a wrong packagesite, need to re-create database
    Fetching meta.txz: . done
    Fetching packagesite.txz: . done
    Processing entries:
    pkg-static: wrong architecture: FreeBSD:11:amd64 instead of freebsd:11:x86:64
    pkg-static: repository pfSense-core contains packages with wrong ABI: FreeBSD:11:amd64
    Processing entries... done
    Unable to update repository pfSense-core
    Updating pfSense repository catalogue...
    pkg-static: Repository pfSense has a wrong packagesite, need to re-create database
    Fetching meta.txz: . done
    Fetching packagesite.txz: .......... done
    Processing entries:
    pkg-static: wrong architecture: FreeBSD:11:amd64 instead of freebsd:11:x86:64
    pkg-static: repository pfSense contains packages with wrong ABI: FreeBSD:11:amd64
    Processing entries... done
    Unable to update repository pfSense
    Error updating repositories!
    *** Welcome to pfSense 2.3.4-RELEASE-p1 (amd64 full-install)
    


  • Are you sure you did not messed up things by changing something in repo config?



  • @w0w:

    Are you sure you did not messed up things by changing something in repo config?

    I'm pretty sure I haven't touched it. What should I check?



  • Go to    System>Update>Update Settings
    Make sure you have selected branch "Latest stable version 2.4.x" or whatever it shows for you, also if it is already selected try to change it to something else, check for updates and then change it back and again check for updates, if it does not help then check for /usr/local/etc/pkg/repos
    there are two files
    freeBSD.conf

    
    FreeBSD: { enabled: no  }
    

    and
    pfSense.conf

    
    FreeBSD: { enabled: no }
    
    pfSense-core: {
      url: "pkg+https://pkg.pfsense.org/pfSense_v2_4_2_amd64-core",
      mirror_type: "srv",
      signature_type: "fingerprints",
      fingerprints: "/usr/local/share/pfSense/keys/pkg",
      enabled: yes
    }
    
    pfSense: {
      url: "pkg+https://pkg.pfsense.org/pfSense_v2_4_2_amd64-pfSense_v2_4_2",
      mirror_type: "srv",
      signature_type: "fingerprints",
      fingerprints: "/usr/local/share/pfSense/keys/pkg",
      enabled: yes
    }
    
    

    Plese note that current URL that is "pkg+https://pkg.pfsense.org/pfSense_v2_4_2_amd64-core" can be something different for you, if after first step it is not the same then post it here.



  • My files are exactly like what you posted.



  • Then you can try https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=135582.msg742380#msg742380 and https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=128732.msg711131#msg711131 (addition about pkg-static).
    Please be ready for full reinstall, backup your config and prepare installation media or at least download the latest image https://www.pfsense.org/download/ and some old 2.3 too if it completely refuses to install the latest https://atxfiles.pfsense.org/mirror/downloads/old/



  • Thanks for the advice. After reading the posts on reddit and here about all the issues with upgrading to 2.4.x, I'm going to hold off for a while before doing anything. Seems to be a lot of issues. I'll prepare for a full reinstall, but it won't be happening for a while.



  • There is always a lot of issues between upgrades, but that does not mean you will be affected, there was a bunch of issues in between 2.2 and 2.3 upgrades, for example, even more then now. Too much different hardware and software configurations. In case you don't use some well known packages that can cause problems, than there is very small probability that something will go wrong, but it's up to you what to do now.



  • Well, I have to chime in with a "me too"…

    I've had upgrade failures (to 2.4.2) on several different pfSense installs (2.3.4 and 2.3.4_1)

    In all cases pfSense is running on VMware (64bit) and has only open-vm-tool, acme and openvpn-client-export packages installed.

    In all cases the failure occurs after the following three lines in the "update" window:

    Updating repositories metadata… done.
    Upgrading pfSense-repo... done.
    2.4.2 version of pfSense is available

    After that it reports a failure and GUI indicates (dashboard and updates page) it is no longer able to check for updates.

    I do believe that the issue is related to pkg package… if I go into shell and try running pkg command it fails with the following error:

    Shared object "libssl.so.8" not found, required by "pkg"

    This suggest that once update process is started it mangles pkg package update.

    Bottom line, something is indeed seriously wrong with the update/upgrade system.

    ![Screen Shot 2017-12-01 at 01.14.49.png](/public/imported_attachments/1/Screen Shot 2017-12-01 at 01.14.49.png)
    ![Screen Shot 2017-12-01 at 01.14.49.png_thumb](/public/imported_attachments/1/Screen Shot 2017-12-01 at 01.14.49.png_thumb)



  • @krpan:

    Shared object "libssl.so.8" not found, required by "pkg"

    Saw this one earlier on the forum, and what to do about.



  • krpan
    I think you need to go deeper :)
    Search this page for pkg-static and follow links ;)
    But in your case it should be more faster just to install new VM with fresh 2.4.2 and restore configuration on it.


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