FreeNAS Jail: “pkg: Unable to find catalogs”

When creating a new jail in FreeNAS 9.3, you might get an error after running pkg install (and the catalogues don’t seem to be saved at all

# pkg install cfdisk gdisk
Updating repository catalogue
digests.txz                         100% 2080KB 130.0KB/s 170.4KB/s   00:16
packagesite.txz                     100% 5375KB 141.5KB/s 235.1KB/s   00:38
pkg: package field incomplete: comment
Incremental update completed, 24491 packages processed:
0 packages updated, 0 removed and 24491 added.
pkg: Unable to find catalogs


Turns out the jail config is wrong, at least it is if you built your jail using (I’d found a reference to this and not realised the format had changed between releases. Oops.)

You should be using and the associated mtree file but the fix if you’ve used the 9.2 config is to

 cat > /usr/local/etc/pkg/repos/FreeBSD.conf
FreeBSD: {
url: "pkg+${ABI}/latest",
mirror_type: "srv",
enabled: yes
} #ctrl+d to end

and then run pkg update again.

It looks like FreeNAS caches and protects the jail templates, so I recommend creating a new template with the correct URL. You should probably remove and recreate the template in the UI.

2 thoughts on “FreeNAS Jail: “pkg: Unable to find catalogs”

  1. I added the configuration above to the /usr/local/etc/pkg/repos/FreeBSD.conf file in my jail and ran pkg update and pkg update -f but it seems like I’m still getting pkg: Unable to find catalogs

    Any thoughts?

    1. I’m not sure – I’ve moved to FreeBSD 10 because I was finding FreeNAS too restrictive and I needed the new igb driver. Can you post your full FreeBSD.conf somewhere? would work.

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