Architecture change of 2.3.5-p1 with fresh install and restore fails

  • Hi,

    want to do an architecutre change of my 2.3.5-1 (i386) to 2.3.5 amd64.
    Background: we have CARP setup running and first I want to change the architecture of the Backup node.
    The Master and Backup node must run both an the 2.3.5-1 Version.

    Before doing this I read this here carefully:

    A backup of the 2.3.5-p1 i386 config is existing.
    I have downloaded the 2.3.5 current Version for amd64 and started a fresh install.
    The new installed system comes up with an 2.3.5 and not with 2.3.5-p1
    The I started the restore of my config backup from 2.3.5-1 (i386) to the new amd64.
    During the reboot it seems, that it installs almost everything new…( Remove 40 Packages

    There is an error message after the first boot:

    /etc/rc.initial: /etc/rc.banner: not found
    /etc/rc.initial: /usr/local/sbin/read_global_var: not found

    I can log in on the webconfigurator, but when I check for updates
    "Unable to check for updates"
    When I reboot the system it is complete broken!

    The next try was to do an fresh install and da an upgrade to 2.3.5-p1 before the config restore.
    I changed the repostory settings in the UI to "Legacy stable version (Security/Errata only 2.3.x)" and
    After the upgrade the new installed system comes up with an 2.3.5-p1.
    After the config restore it comes up again with 2.3.5 … strange.

    But it ends in the same result ... the system is broken after reboot.

    My repository directory looks like this:

    lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  62 Jan 22 14:39 .conf -> /usr/local/share/pfSense/pkg/repos/pfSense-repo-legacy-23.conf
    -rw-r--r--  1 root  wheel  26 Oct 24 11:18 FreeBSD.conf
    lrwxr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  62 Jan 22 14:58 pfSense.conf -> /usr/local/share/pfSense/pkg/repos/pfSense-repo-legacy-23.conf
    less /usr/local/etc/pkg/repos/pfSense.conf
    FreeBSD: { enabled: no }
    pfSense-core: {
      url: "pkg+",
      mirror_type: "srv",
      signaqture_type: "fingerprints",
      fingerprints: "/usr/local/share/pfSense/keys/pkg",
      enabled: yes
    pfSense: {
      url: "pkg+",
      mirror_type: "srv",
      signature_type: "fingerprints",
      fingerprints: "/usr/local/share/pfSense/keys/pkg",
      enabled: yes
     uname -a
    FreeBSD XXXXXXXXX 10.3-RELEASE-p26 FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE-p26 #1 00efe4d5333(RELENG_2_3): Mon Dec 11 08:14:03 CST 2017     root@ce23-amd64-builder:/builder/pfsense-235/tmp/obj/builder/pfsense-235/tmp/FreeBSD-src/sys/pfSense  amd64

    It seems that pfsense is confused about the repositories

    Any ideas?

  • When system is complete disconnected and then the restore is done …
    the selected repo is 2.4.2 in /usr/local/etc/pkg/repos/pfSense.conf!

    It seems that I cannot use the "old" 2.3. Version after a restore.

    Is there a possibility to enforce this... I cannot find a switch in the config.xml?

  • Got it  :P

    In the config.xml there is a switch for the repo and it had the value


    … but in the UI it is configured as "Legacy stable version (Security/Errata only 2.3.x)"

    When I change it to the legacy repo manually


    The restore of all areas then selects the right repo…

    So in my opinion there is a bug in the backup of the repo configuration to config.xml.

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