Tag: FreeBSD


growfs fsck required (pfSense)

In case you’ve managed to overcome other issues with system unable to boot, disk size not updated then there might be still one problem left. Sometimes resizing with gpart works fine but file system resize does not. I’ve encountered such issue and frankly speaking I’m not quite sure what is root cause of it. Is says that file system is dirty and I should run fsck which can be executed from console selecting number 5 and then F letter. System reboots and makes file system check. It says that the file system is fine, so it’s quite confusing. Solution for


Azure FreeBSD (pfSense) not able to pick boot partition after disk resize

Following previous struggles on pfSense FreeBSD on Azure. After resizing disk Microsoft starts at some point adding an another drive which is temporary one. I do not need this by any means. It seems that NetGate pfSense template is also not quite compatible with cloud-init as the platform tries to execute systemctl which is not present here. The problem with this is that FreeBSD will not be able to pick which partition it should start from. Fix for this is pretty simple. Just go and edit /etc/fstab and instead of pointing to some virtual labels. In my case it was


Resize drive and partition on FreeBSD 12 (pfSense)

Recently I described how to increase drive, partition and filesystem on FreeBSD in Azure virtual machine. It turned out that this scenario was little bit different from a virtual machine running on top of VMware. First of all, with or without vm-tools I was not able to get updated drive size: It gives messages that rescanning was successful, but actually it did not apply new values. However we can check new drive size with the following command: If on your system you get same results, then you need to reboot. There is also a difference of having swap space. First


Recover pfSense from out of disk space and config.xml corruption

I use NetGate pfSense+ version 22 based on FreeBSD 21. I encountered a problem of running out of disk space because of packet logging enable in Suricata. Out of a sudden there was high traffic and therefore high logs production. Disk space utilization was over 100%. Now there is a problem with /config/config.xml file, there is no VPN, Suricata, pf configuration available from the UI. Dashboard is corrupted also. However there is /config/backup folder with backed up configuration files. I’ve taken the last known good with proper file size and put it in place. After reboot it works just fine.

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