Unable to communicate with www.pfsense.com -> when accessing available packages

  • Any time I attempt to search available packages, I get this error
    "Unable to communicate with www.pfsense.com. Please verify DNS and interface configuration, and that pfSense has functional Internet connectivity."

    DNS is pointed to, no DNS forwarding, and I can resolve hostnames from the command line.

    if I try accessing packages manually from the command line
    fetch -o - http://www.pfsense.org/packages/pkg_config.8.xml

    I get this error.

    fetch: http://www.pfsense.org/packages/pkg_config.8.xml: No buffer space available

    This is directly connected to the internet, no proxy no other filter/firewall.
    I had previously installed a package, so it worked at one time.
    Please advise - Thanks

  • Do you have free space on disk? I've never seen buffer error on fetch cmd.

  • I'm good on space.  I might lab up another one with the same config, and see if I have similar problems.  This machine is remote and very busy, so I'm hoping I don't have to do that.  Storage is on a 1G CF

    [2.0.1-RELEASE][root@pfsense.xxxxx]/root(1): df -kh
    Filesystem          Size    Used  Avail Capacity  Mounted on
    /dev/ufs/pfsense0    443M    215M    193M    53%    /
    devfs                1.0K    1.0K      0B  100%    /dev
    /dev/md0              38M    690K    35M    2%    /tmp
    /dev/md1              58M    10M    43M    19%    /var
    /dev/ufs/cf          49M    552K    45M    1%    /cf
    devfs                1.0K    1.0K      0B  100%    /var/dhcpd/dev

  • @atheos:

    Storage is on a 1G CF

    you have to mount it rw before any package install, did you did that?




  • still no love

    [2.0.1-RELEASE][root@pfsense.xxxx]/root(4): cd /
    [2.0.1-RELEASE][root@pfsense.xxxx]/(5): /etc/rc.conf_mount_rw
    [2.0.1-RELEASE][root@pfsense.xxxx]/(6): fetch -o - http://www.pfsense.org/packages/pkg_config.8.xml
    fetch: http://www.pfsense.org/packages/pkg_config.8.xml: No buffer space available
    [2.0.1-RELEASE][root@pfsense.xxxx]/(7): /etc/rc.conf_mount_ro

  • Netgate Administrator

    Can you fetch to /tmp ?


  • cannot fetch to /tmp, but I can create a file in there.

  • Netgate Administrator

    Ah so perhaps a network buffer problem, though I would expect some other network issues.
    What does 'netstat -m' show?


  • 1187/5608/6795 mbufs in use (current/cache/total)
    1181/5353/6534/25600 mbuf clusters in use (current/cache/total/max)
    1180/5348 mbuf+clusters out of packet secondary zone in use (current/cache)
    0/44/44/12800 4k (page size) jumbo clusters in use (current/cache/total/max)
    0/0/0/6400 9k jumbo clusters in use (current/cache/total/max)
    0/0/0/3200 16k jumbo clusters in use (current/cache/total/max)
    2660K/12284K/14944K bytes allocated to network (current/cache/total)
    0/0/0 requests for mbufs denied (mbufs/clusters/mbuf+clusters)
    0/0/0 requests for jumbo clusters denied (4k/9k/16k)
    0/4/6656 sfbufs in use (current/peak/max)
    0 requests for sfbufs denied
    0 requests for sfbufs delayed
    0 requests for I/O initiated by sendfile
    0 calls to protocol drain routines

    anything interesting in there?  possibly related, download speeds are great, upload speeds are the opposite of great.

  • Netgate Administrator

    I would say that for some reason your tcp transmit buffer is full. Or at least it's emptying far slower than it should.
    Just a guess though.

    If you Google the problem you'll see it can be caused by something as simple as a loose network card or bad cable.


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