Local package mirror

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at be-well.ilk.org
Sat Apr 5 12:57:03 UTC 2008

Subhro <subhro.kar at gmail.com> writes:

> I am trying to get a Network install working on my local network. I
> have been able to successfully create a NFS export of the installation
> disk and perform a install from there. The target machines boot over
> PXE and fetch "stuff" from the NFS.
> However I am unable to figure out how to get the packages working. I
> have a list of about 180 packages which needs to be installed. But I
> am unable to figure out how to go about it. I would like to use
> precompiled packages, but the CD do not contain the packages I am
> looking for. One of the option is to mirror the whole package
> directory from the freebsd mirrors, but that story involves a lot of
> data transfer and bandwidth. Is there something obvious I am missing?
> Any help would be highly appreciated.

There are a number of ways to do this general sort of thing.  For the
base system approach, with pkg_add(1), setting PACKAGEROOT (or
possibly PACKAGESITE depending on exactly how you configure the server
for network fetch, or PKG_PATH if the clients have the NFS directory
mounted) should be good enough.

On the other hand, the way I do it is to have a master server, where I
build everything (or fetch everything, if I don't want to build it
myself).  Then the other machines mount /usr/ports from the master
server.  I use portupgrade to do the installs from the clients, which
knows how to use packages when available locally and only fetch them
if they aren't.

I hope this helps.

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