Installing to pfsense

Franz flamana at
Wed Mar 30 15:12:45 CEST 2011

Thanks David and Alan for this great advise, I will try it and post back.


On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 8:56 AM, David Wood <david at> wrote:

> Hi Franz,
> In message <AANLkTikH+a1YJDGU5N-TyF-8Xo8_tdE23EqO2V7k+YJX at>,
> Franz <flamana at> writes
>  I have currently installed freeradius 2.1.10 and Mysql 5..5.10 on a
>> pfsense
>> box which is freebsd. I want this to work with mysql however I was
>> wondering
>> how to install freeradius with mysql support as I am unable to do it via
>> ports or try any commands or flags with ./configure via tarball. Only
>> pkg_add is available, can I recompile or install from scratch to get
>> freeradius to bind to mysql?
> Alan has already given you the answer - you need a development environment.
> pfSense does not contain compilers and other development tools to keep the
> image size down.
> Another reason why pfSense does not contain development tools is because it
> is arguably inappropriate to build software on a firewall. Maybe you are
> using pfSense for some other task, though if you are using it as a firewall,
> I would argue strongly that your RADIUS server should be running on another
> machine inside your firewall.
> You can't reconfigure a binary package - the configuration is burned in
> when it is created, usually by the default options. It is nonsense to try to
> pass configuration flags to pkg_add.
> The default options are always set for minimum external dependencies - if
> you want features like SQL or LDAP support, you have to set the relevant
> options yourself and rebuild the package. FreeBSD does not adopt the
> approach of some Linux distributions, where the additional modules are
> distributed in separate binary packages.
> You will need to set the appropriate options for the net/freeradius2 port
> and build a package using that port on a FreeBSD box of the appropriate
> release and major version - ideally the minor version should also match,
> though that doesn't usually matter. You can then pkg_add that package on the
> pfSense machine.
> pfSense 2.0 RC is based on FreeBSD 8.1 - amd64 for the 64 bit version and
> i386 for the 32 bit version.
> pfSense 1.2.3 is based on FreeBSD 7.2 i386.
> A virtual machine can be useful for building packages if you don't have
> access to a FreeBSD machine.
> When I maintained the FreeBSD FreeRADIUS ports, I was asked to create a
> net/freeradius-mysql slave port for someone working on pfSense. This is
> FreeRADIUS 1.x and should probably die. It isn't realistic to create slave
> ports for all the dependencies that people might require - port bloat is
> frowned on.
> With best wishes,
> David
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