I installed FreeBSD into Raspberry pi 3, but after downloading and extracting ports tree from portsnap. Now, I also installed pkg (ports-management) binary for binary installation. But, after installation of pkg i tried lots of others binary installation using pkg but it throws an error

[root@rpi3 /usr/ports/net]# pkg Shared object "libarchive.so.6" not found, required by "pkg" [root@rpi3 /usr/ports/net]# uname -a FreeBSD rpi3 12.0-CURRENT FreeBSD 12.0-CURRENT #0 r318898M: Thu May 25 15:07:15 MDT 2017 [email protected]:/usr/home/brd/rpi3/crochet/work/obj/arm64.aarch64/usr/src/sys/GENERIC arm64 [root@rpi3 /usr/ports/net]#

Shared object "libarchive.so.6" not found, required by "pkg"

I tried updating or reinstalling it using pkg-static bootstrap -f but nothing happened. I also tried re-installation from ports tree,but again nothing happened.

I also followed this below link , but nothing works.

Shared object “libarchive.so.5” not found, required by “pkg”

2 Answers 2


Had the same issue so I added a symlink to libarchive.so to resolve.

ln -s /usr/lib/libarchive.so /usr/lib/libarchive.so.6

(now mind you I'm in no way a BSD expert so confirm the consequences of this and or best practice)

  • Thanks for your help :) . I searched a lot about configuring or installing any binary that will also load libarchive.so.7 library file , and i forgot about making a simple symlink to libarchive.so.6 :D
    – bsdboy
    Jun 14, 2017 at 14:34
  • Confirmed that this worked for me on Rpi 3.
    – fugitive
    Jun 16, 2017 at 15:37
  • Confirmed! Worked for me on Rpi3, raspbsd.
    – Drew
    Feb 10, 2018 at 21:00

Using pkg-static instead of pkg will work around this.

This happens because arm64 packages are built against an older userland where ino64 updates affect some system components.

  • Well , right now, issue was solved by above answer by @david and also thanks for your update on this, but i already used pkg-static so many times but nothing worked.
    – bsdboy
    Jul 11, 2017 at 9:08

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