[Soekris] pfSense on Net6501 hangs during boot

Nikola Gyurov ngyurov at gmail.com
Mon Sep 16 16:02:10 CEST 2013


I know that OpenBSD can be further tweaked, so that even / is on a
memory filesystem:

However, I'm not sure or aware if you could do it on pfSense.

Best regards,
Nikola Gyurov

On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 1:12 PM, Giles Coochey <giles at coochey.net> wrote:
> On 15/09/2013 13:55, Giles Coochey wrote:
> [26/09/2012] wrote:
>>Hi all,
>>after following all the recent discussions about pfSense on here, I thought
>> it sounded quite interesting and wanted to try it out and see how I like it
>> - >which is probably quite an interesting idea especially since at this
>> time, I honestly don't know a thing about BSD-based systems just yet.
>>Since I wanted pfSense to boot from the internal MSATA flash module and not
>> from a USB stick, I did the following:
>>1. Downloaded the file pfSense-2.0.1-RELEASE-4g-i386-nanobsd.img.gz
>>2. Copied the file to a USB stick.
>>3. PXE-booted the Debian installer in rescue mode, so I could get to a
>> shell on the Net6501.
>>4. Mounted the USB stick and copied the image file to the flash module
>> using zcat and dd.
>>5. Changed Baud rate to 9600 in Com BIOS.
>>6. Rebooted and saw that FreeBSD was booting on the console.
>>Unfortunately, the boot process seems to hang. The last output I get is
>> this:
>>Booting [/boot/kernel/kernel]...
>>After that, there is no more input on the serial console whatsoever - no
>> error messages or anything like that. What am I doing wrong?
>>Thanks for any help from all you pfSense experts! :-)
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> I've just done a install to a SSD on a 6501-70 and I'm hanging at the same
> point when trying to boot off the SSD
> i.e. it hangs at:
> Booting [/boot/kernel/kernel]...               .
> -
> I was wondering if you managed to fix your problem and could give any
> pointers?
> I ended up putting the mSATA into a normal box with VGA etc... and running
> the install for the 2.1 pfsense release for i386. Then moving the mSATA disk
> to the Soekris.
> I had to correct /etc/fstab to mount the root correctly.
> All working!
> While I could get PXE boot running, dd'ing images to the SSD didn't appear
> to work, and it seems that is the issue somewhat. I wanted to avoid moving
> the mSATA to another machine as it (a laptop) doesn't give the best access
> to it (need to remove the keyboard).
> Does anyone have a list of tweaks for pfsense when using SSDs? I've selected
> the "Embedded" kernel during the install and enabled "Use memory file system
> for /tmp and /var" within pfsense webgui, just wondering if there is
> anything else that might prolong the SSD lifetime?
> --
> Regards,
> Giles Coochey, CCNP, CCNA, CCNAS
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