Dansguardian Fails to start

  • Hi Guys,

    We recently switch from a Cisco PIX 535e to a pfSense box running on an Ivy Bridge core which is working quite nicely with a bit of tuning. We also have dansguardian pkg v.0.1.6_1 (latest release) and squid 2.7.9 pkg v.4.3.1 installed which was running without any issue. We then reboot our main firewall to test out CARP which worked correctly however when the main box came back up Dansguardian would not start with the follow error in the System Log. We've tried removing the package including deleting the Dansguardian files in /usr/local/etc/dansguardian, /usr/local/pkg still without any luck. Any help would be appreciated.

    Jan 14 11:26:50 root: /usr/local/etc/rc.d/dansguardian.sh: WARNING: failed to start dansguardian
    Jan 14 11:26:50 dansguardian[47865]: Error parsing the dansguardian.conf file or other DansGuardian configuration files
    Jan 14 11:26:50 php: /pkg_mgr_install.php: Starting Dansguardian
    Jan 14 11:26:50 php: /pkg_mgr_install.php: The command '/usr/local/etc/rc.d/dansguardian.sh start' returned exit code '1', the output was 'kern.ipc.somaxconn: 16384 -> 16384 kern.maxfiles: 131072 -> 131072 kern.maxfilesperproc: 104856 -> 104856 kern.threads.max_threads_per_proc: 4096 -> 4096 Starting dansguardian. std::bad_alloc Error parsing the dansguardian.conf file or other DansGuardian configuration files /usr/local/etc/rc.d/dansguardian.sh: WARNING: failed to start dansguardian'


  • Oh, I also forgot to mention both pfSense servers are running on version 2.0.1-RELEASE (amd64) built on Mon Dec 12 18:16:13 EST 2011 FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE-p6

  • UPDATE: I believe I just found the issue, it looks like the pfSense interface for Dansguardian doesn't work correctly with many version of PCRE. We installed snort after Dansguardian and rebooted our server today expecting it to work however the issue described here http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,50688.15.html is the same issue we are having.

  • Solved by installing Snort then Dansguardian. Hopefully this will be fix in a future update or both our boxes will break on update to pfSense 2.1 once stable.

  • this is the pcre issue on dansguardian 2.12.0

    dansguardian patches are already submited to freebsd ports.

    After it, a pcre issues-free version of dansguardian package version will be released.  :)


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