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  1. Hello Community - First of all I hope that all is well with with all. These are troubling times that we currently are in. May Peace and Love Prevail. As Always The Intro - Lyrics by Jimi here - https://genius.com/Jimi-hendrix-power-of-love-lyrics and video : Power of Love - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k-9Hb7RdgY Bonus - We Gotta Live Together (Live At Filmore East, 1970 / 50th Anniversary) - Lyrics - https://genius.com/Jimi-hendrix-we-gotta-live-together-live-at-filmore-east-1970-50th-anniversary-lyrics and video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOIuSsA72nM Now - let's get down to business. I recently bought a new mini-pc ( Qotom-Q375G4 Intel Core I7-5500U ) and I installed pfSense on it along side OPNsense. This little beast has 1 x Minipcie port (for mSATA SSD) and regular 1 x SATA Port on which I installed a Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD. So, OPNsense offers plugins and it is very easy to add the modules. Netdata is one of these plugins and I love it. Unfortunately, pfSense does not offer this as a native package. So, I set out to be able to install Netdata on pfSense. I looked around and found that this was not that difficult to achieve. So, I am putting this together for those who may wish to monitor their pfSense router with Netdata. Netdata boasts - Monitor everything in real time for free with Netdata. See here : https://github.com/netdata/netdata OK - here is what you need to do in order to get Netdata up and running on pfSense. I followed this guide here : https://learn.netdata.cloud/docs/agent/packaging/installer/methods/pfsense - Honestly this is a great guide - one of the best I have read. First - you need to install these four packages from the pfSense package repo with the following command below via SSH - 1 - # pkg install -y pkgconf bash e2fsprogs-libuuid libuv nano Next ( just follow the aforementioned guide ) - however you must always check the FreeBSD repo to see that you have the latest packages listed below; otherwise you will get an error message that " the package was not found ". Also, I have found as of late that if you try to access the main FreeBSD repo by entering the " https://pkg.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:12:amd64/latest/All/ " url - you will get the " 403 Forbidden - nginx error ". This precludes you from viewing the current FreeBSD package list. I searched around and found a FreeBSD package repo that seems to be up and stable - it is " http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:12:amd64/latest/All/ " located in South Africa. Virtually all of the FreeBSD package repos are inaccessible as well. Oddly, enough you are still able to download the FreeBSD packages from the main repo - it is just that you can not see the repo packages ( to check package latest versions by entering the url ). With that being said - let's proceed. So here we begin the process of installing the necessary packages from the FreeBSD repo. Some of these packages have been updated since the time that the referenced tutorial ( https://learn.netdata.cloud/docs/agent/packaging/installer/methods/pfsense was written / Last updated on 5/19/2020 . Also - remember to install the packages for your architecture. pfsense 2.4.5_1 is based on FreeBSD 11.3-STABLE - so you would go to : http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:11:amd64/latest/All/ for your packages. If you are like me and you run pfsense 2.5.0 ( Development Snapshots which are based on FreeBSD 12.0 ) you will need packages from : http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:12:amd64/latest/All/ - With that all out of the way - no more delays. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Install these packages from the FreeBsd repo ( for pfSense 2.5.0 ) in the exact order as listed via SSH as shown below : 2 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:12:amd64/latest/All/Judy-1.0.5_2.txz 3 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:12:amd64/latest/All/py37-certifi-2020.6.20.txz 4 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:12:amd64/latest/All/py37-asn1crypto-1.3.0.txz 5 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:12:amd64/latest/All/py37-pycparser-2.20.txz 6 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:12:amd64/latest/All/py37-cffi-1.14.0_1.txz 7 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:12:amd64/latest/All/py37-six-1.14.0.txz 8 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:12:amd64/latest/All/py37-cryptography-2.6.1.txz 9 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:12:amd64/latest/All/py37-idna-2.8.txz 10 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:12:amd64/latest/All/py37-openssl-19.0.0.txz 11 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:12:amd64/latest/All/py37-pysocks-1.7.1.txz 12 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:12:amd64/latest/All/py37-urllib3-1.25.7,1.txz 13 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:12:amd64/latest/All/py37-yaml-5.3.1.txz 14 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:12:amd64/latest/All/netdata-1.23.1.txz XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Install these packages from the FreeBsd repo ( for pfsense 2.4.5_1 ) in the exact order as listed via SSH as shown below : 2 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:11:amd64/latest/All/Judy-1.0.5_2.txz 3 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:11:amd64/latest/All/py37-certifi-2020.6.20.txz 4 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:11:amd64/latest/All/py37-asn1crypto-1.3.0.txz 5 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:11:amd64/latest/All/py37-pycparser-2.20.txz 6 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:11:amd64/latest/All/py37-cffi-1.14.0_1.txz 7 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:11:amd64/latest/All/py37-six-1.14.0.txz 8 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:11:amd64/latest/All/py37-cryptography-2.6.1.txz 9 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:11:amd64/latest/All/py37-idna-2.8.txz 10 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:11:amd64/latest/All/py37-openssl-19.0.0.txz 11 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:11:amd64/latest/All/py37-pysocks-1.7.1.txz 12 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:11:amd64/latest/All/py37-urllib3-1.25.7,1.txz 13 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:11:amd64/latest/All/py37-yaml-5.3.1.txz 14 - # pkg add http://pkg0.jinx.freebsd.org/FreeBSD:11:amd64/latest/All/netdata-1.23.1.txz XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX After installing all these packages above Netdata is installed on your pfSense Box. We must now configure Netdata. As the guide says you must edit the following file " /usr/local/etc/netdata/netdata.conf " You may accomplish though the WEBGUI or by using Nano. For WEBGUI - from top line Menu go to Diagnostics > from down down menu go to > Edit File. Paste " /usr/local/etc/netdata/netdata.conf " in " Path to file to be edited " Box - the click on " Load ". The file will appear and you can edit it easily from here. Third line from the bottom - you must change ( designate ) the " bind to = " address from default " " to something else. The guide suggests the address of " " - I change the address to that of my LAN IP Address. For example if your LAN IP is - enter that address as follows : " bind to = " then click on Save. I do this to restrict access to Netdata on my pfSense instance. Now we need to set up Netdata to start on boot up. The author notes that " To start Netdata manually, run service netdata onestart. " - this is only good for one time start. You now can enter Netdata by going to after manual start in this example. The guide suggests using Shellcmd utility in order start Netdata at boot. I disagree and will show you how to start Netdata at boot the standard pfSense way. See below - Start Netdata At Boot: 1 - In pfSense, the Netdata configuration files are located under /usr/local/etc/netdata. See the very bottom of the page for this information. So in order to start Netdata at boot do the following : A - Issue following command via SSH - # mv /usr/local/etc/rc.d/netdata /usr/local/etc/rc.d/netdata.sh B - Make the file new executable - I run two commands - works for me # # chmod 744 /usr/local/etc/rc.d/netdata.sh and # chmod a+x /usr/local/etc/rc.d/netdata.sh C - Edit new file go to line 37 : ${netdata_enable="NO"} and change from : ${netdata_enable="NO"} to : ${netdata_enable="YES"} You may edit file " /usr/local/etc/rc.d/netdata.sh " as before either through WEBGUI or Nano. Reboot your pfSesne router and you will see that Netdata starts on boot. Enjoy and Peace Always Unto You and The Entire World.
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