Promiscuous mode enabled



  • Hi,

    I've noticed the following warnings in my system log (to be read in a sequence from the bottom up):

    Jun 4 10:28:06 kernel: pflog0: promiscuous mode enabled
    Jun 4 10:28:06 kernel: WARNING: R/W mount of / denied. Filesystem is not clean - run fsck
    Jun 4 10:28:06 kernel: WARNING: R/W mount of / denied. Filesystem is not clean - run fsck
    Jun 4 10:28:06 kernel: WARNING: / was not properly dismounted
    Jun 4 10:28:06 kernel: Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/ad0s1a
    Jun 4 10:28:06 kernel: ad0: 19880MB <maxtor 2f020l0="" vam51jj0="">at ata0-master UDMA133</maxtor>

    I've found my way around configuring pfSense, but I still know nothing about UNIX systems, so my question is if this is something to worry about?

    I run a 1.2.3-RELEASE on a AMD Athlon™ XP 2500+ machine with 512 MB of RAM.



  • It sounds like there is a problem with your filesystem "fsck".
    In windows this is scandisk or checkdisk.

    As far as I remeber there is a thread here in the forum where they explain how to do this on pfsense.

    I think, you have to reboot your pfsense and then start in "Single User mode" and the run fsck.

    Perhaps you can find a better explaination if you search for "fsck" or "Single user mode"



  • Promiscuous on pflog is normal. The fsck happens automatically when the filesystem isn't clean (such as after a power outage or just yanking the power cord, when the system isn't cleanly shut down), it's succeeding or it wouldn't be able to mount root. Everything there is normal.



  • Thanks guys for your replies. Actually power outage is exactly what happened. I also figured out that "promiscuous mode" had nothing to do with the file system.

    After a proper restart the system log is clear of warnings.

    Thanks again.


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