best way to do FreeBSD kernel/userland development on OSX ?

mdf at mdf at
Mon Jun 20 20:44:34 UTC 2011

On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 1:53 PM, Luigi Rizzo <rizzo at> wrote:
> i recently replaced my laptop with a mac, which opens the problem on
> how do i do FreeBSD development (including kernel work) on it.
> the option i am trying now is running a freebsd VM in virtualbox,
> but it is slightly slow and probably energy hungry.
> I'd like to keep the svn checkut outside the disk image but
> unfortunately the default filesystem on osx is case-insensitive
> so i can't do that -- unless someone shows me how to change
> the filesystem conventions.
> suggestions anyone ?

With the help of google I did something for this a few months ago.
You can create a new disk image, and use case-sensitive for this
image.  I created mine as something like 8GB but thinly provisioned so
it didn't take up all the space until used.

I use VMWare for testing code changes ($WORK paid for a license for
me), but it's a CPU/battery hog, so I'm not wild about it, but it does


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