Pfsense update really really broken for two years now.



  • I'm also looking for some help on a particular box but wanted to at least make that statement.
    I've had nothing but trouble with PFsense and automatic updates across the board for nearly
    Two years.
    Before that time never had issues.
    Ever since the "Community Edition" "flavor" was introduced and a short time before it..
    Updates have just been broken.
    And now being forced to click on "consent to collect information" before being allowed to access
    the forum.
    Whatever you people just whatever.
    Let's make America Communist again.
    This is not a complaint but an observation.
    Take it how you like.

    Anyhow as if I'm actually going to get any help here making a statement like that right? :)
    Please and thank you for listening.

    I have a particular box out there with broken updates.
    I usually get around this just by reselecting which update channel to be on or running it at the command menu or rebooting or all of the above and it eventually works again.

    This time it's not working.

    In the webui I get "unable to check for updates"
    In update settings Branch: is now blank and nothing can be selected.

    Running option 13 at the command menu does nothing and just returns to the command menu.

    Enter an option: 13

    pfSense - Netgate Device ID: 981XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    *** Welcome to pfSense 2.4.1-RELEASE (amd64) on ***************** ***

    WAN (wan) -> em0 -> v4: .../29
    LAN (lan) -> em1 -> v4: 192.168.1.1/24

    1. Logout (SSH only) 9) pfTop
    2. Assign Interfaces 10) Filter Logs
    3. Set interface(s) IP address 11) Restart webConfigurator
    4. Reset webConfigurator password 12) PHP shell + pfSense tools
    5. Reset to factory defaults 13) Update from console
    6. Reboot system 14) Disable Secure Shell (sshd)
    7. Halt system 15) Restore recent configuration
    8. Ping host 16) Restart PHP-FPM
    9. Shell

    Enter an option:

    Any pointers?

    Thanks!!!

    Steve


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate



  • I've had nothing but trouble with PFsense and automatic updates across the board for nearly Two years.

    That seems like a long time to have a problem and not do anything to actually find and fix it.

    Before that time never had issues.

    Everything works until it breaks.

    Ever since the "Community Edition" "flavor" was introduced and a short time before it. Updates have just been broken.

    I've been upgrading since the 2.1.x days without any problems whatsoever. pfSense has literally hundreds of thousands of deployments. I very much doubt they all have these same problems.

    And now being forced to click on "consent to collect information" before being allowed to access the forum.

    Netgate serves the entire world, not just the US, and they have brand new GDPR regulations to comply with.

    Let's make America Communist again.

    Not sure how a message telling you that using the forums requires some data collection is Communism.

    This is not a complaint but an observation. Take it how you like.

    It looks like a complaint to me.

    Have you tried:

    Creating a config.xml backup of your configuration
    Installing a fresh image
    Restoring your config

    You may have some cruft left over from various package upgrades or what have you. Start fresh with a clean config and see if your problems persist.



  • @kom Thanks for the reply and help.
    I will give these things a look and report back with results.
    I'm on site today ready to boot a CD and reinstall if needed.

    It's the only case I was not able to figure out quickly an d get updates working again on.
    But in general they have been a bit problematic the past two years or so.

    I'm done complaining and got it out.
    Thanks!



  • It's somehow falling on itself.
    Get segfaults when trying to run any of the pkg utilities.
    RE-install time.



  • pkg help
    Child process pid=1022 terminated abnormally: Segmentation fault



  • I would bet you have bad hardware somewhere. Check the RAM and the disk. Make sure you are running the latest BIOS of whatever device you're trying to install on.