Url Table - force update

  • Hello,

    We want to force an update of the url table each 5 minutes.

    We have changed the cron job /usr/bin/nice -n20 /etc/rc.update_urltables to: */5 * * * *
    But it seems there is also an age check of the file.

    Bellow is inside the rc.update_urltables, is it posible to always force?
    Maybe something like /usr/bin/nice -n20 /etc/rc.update_urltables forceupdate

    // Set whether or not to force the table update before it's time.
    if (!empty($argv[2]) && ($argv[2] == "forceupdate")) {
    $forceupdate = true;
    } else {
    $forceupdate = false;

  • The file age is checked by /etc/inc/pfsense-utils.inc

    In version 2.4.2 down the line 2501:

    	// If the file doesn't exist or is older than update_freq days, fetch a new copy.
    	if (!file_exists($urltable_filename) || (filesize($urltable_filename) == "0") ||
    	    ((time() - filemtime($urltable_filename)) > ($freq * 86400 - 90)) ||

    The tables are updated by default if the source files are older than 86400 - 90 seconds.

    A time ago I used this to set an individual update interval only for a specific table.

    However, if you update your pfSense you have to modify that file again after.

  • For now i edit the cron to  /usr/bin/nice -n20 /etc/rc.update_urltables now forceupdate
    Or is this a bad thing to do ?

    Does someone know if a url table can also collect description information from the txt?

  • The above does not seems to work, i also tryed to copy the scrypt: /etc/rc.update_urltables and add unlink("/var/db/aliastables/blacklist.txt");
    And create a cron job for it without succes.

  • You have to change both, of course, the interval of the cron job and the file age in the /etc/inc/pfsense-utils.inc script.

    However, this would change the update frequency for all tables! I suggest to build in a decision into the script to apply the shorter interval only for the one table you need it.

  • There is no directory aliastables in /var/db/ could it be this system is broken and nobody noticed it ?

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