Php: /pkg_mgr.php: XMLRPC communication error: Permission denied

  • I just hooked my pfsense 1.2 box up to my DSL modem and I cannot load packages.  When I go to the Packages option I get the error:

    Unable to communicate to Please check DNS, default gateway, etc.

    The system log shows:

    php: /pkg_mgr.php: XMLRPC communication error: Permission denied

    But I have no problems pinging

    Ping output:

    PING ( from 56 data bytes
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=238 time=66.483 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=238 time=65.802 ms
    64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=238 time=65.902 ms

    –- ping statistics ---
    3 packets transmitted, 3 packets received, 0% packet loss
    round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 65.802/66.062/66.483/0.300 ms

    Thanks for any help,

  • I wanted to update this with some more info to see if anyone could pin down what is wrong.  Here is the network:

                      Internet Conn 1                                                                   Internet Conn 2
                                |                                                                                     |
                   DSL Modem (Bridged)                                                          2801 Cisco Router(
                                |                                                                                     |
                      pfSense WAN( pfSense LAN(–--------------------------------------
                                                                                                                    Client Machine (

    Now with the default GW set to (correct for the DSL) the pfSense box has trouble reaching the Internet but not in all cases. My squid install fails with the permission error as well as the internal package manager.  The ping, tracert and NAT routing for the client all work fine with fqdn entered and not just IP addresses.  If I open the WAN adapter properties and change the default GW to and retest everything works without any problems.  Now I am not trying to do dual WAN or load balancing just yet, the production network uses and I just wanted to offload web traffic to via squid.  Thanks.

  • No one even has a shot in the dark on this?  pfsense looks like it could be a great tool - may be I just need to wait until it matures.

  • The core developers have been working very hard on the upcoming releases pfSense 1.2.1 and 1.3. Today I was work on 2 phone systems so I've also been very busy.

    I believe the package url is:
    Can you manually see the location from behind the firewall?

    I just installed squid on my  pfSense 1.2-RELEASE
    built on Wed Apr 23 21:04:50 EDT 2008. It installed fine.

    This could have been a routing issue on the internet.
    Try the package install again and see if it is working now?

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