Package Manager locked out after update



  • I used the auto upgrade function to go from a Jan 20th snapshot of Beta 5 to RC1 and it reinstalled my packages after the update (TFTP and OpenVPN Client Export Utility)
    I saw that it successfully finished but the gui still insists that:  "Packages are currently being reinstalled in the background.
    Do not make changes in the GUI until this is complete."
    I can't access my package menu either.  I'm assuming a reboot will resolve this but it obviously shouldn't have happened in the first place.  Fluke or legit bug?


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Sometimes that can happen if one of the packages fails to install properly. Were there any errors on the console?

    Go to Diagnostics > Command, and in the php execute box, put:
    clear_subsystem_dirty('packagelock');



  • Thanks, that worked!  I don't remember seeing any errors; I believe it said that all the packages were installed successfully.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    If they were all successful it should have removed the package lock on its own… keep an eye on it for the next few updates.



  • Since then I've updated to the Feb 18th snapshot and I had no issues this time.



  • I've a similar problem, each time I update Pfsense packages start to reinstall, that's normal but the re-installation process takes more than one our for reinstall only one package (squid) I executed  "clear_subsystem_dirty('packagelock');" and reintall the same package manually (System: Package Manager: Install Package) and takes less than one minute.


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