2.1-RELEASE shutdown hangs with USB 3g dongle



  • Hello everyone,

    this is my first post so please be patient with me. First I would like to thank all the developers for the super job performed with pfSense, it is a GREAT firewall!!!!

    I am using pfSense at home, with a WAN connection through a USB 3g dongle.

    After upgrading from rel 2.0.3 to 2.1 I have noticed that the shutdown process hangs and I am forced to perform a hardware shutdown through the power button.

    After searching out in the web I have found a similar issue on FreeBSD 8.3 ( see here: http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/query-pr.cgi?pr=kern/167685)

    To overcome the problem I have inserted, as suggested in the post, a line on /boot/loader.conf of my pfSense installation:
    hw.usb.no_shutdown_wait="1"

    This prevents the init process to hang on waiting for usb shutdown process completion and the computer shuts down smoothly.

    I wanted, first of all, to share this with all the others that might have encountered the same issue and secondly I would like to ask developers whether in their opinion this kernel setup may be considered safe (e.g. correct disconnection of 3g wan link, no other issues introduced etc.).


  • Netgate Administrator

    It looks like that is actually a sysctl rather than a loader tunable, as such you should be able to add it to the table in System: Advanced: System Tunables: This will mean it gets added to the config file and will survive a firmware update.

    Steve


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