creating package repository for offline installation

Manolis Kiagias sonic2000gr at
Mon Aug 4 17:59:21 UTC 2008

Nikos Vassiliadis wrote:
> On Monday 04 August 2008 14:34:45 Manolis Kiagias wrote:
>> If you don't mind building the packages (on the remote system) from
>> ports, I would suggest ports-mgmt/tinderbox
>> Comprehensive instructions are located here:
>> I've used it for quite some time
>> ( but lately I've dedicated a
>> machine for package building and I am using a couple of my own simple
>> scripts.
> I really don't care about the latest and shiniest programs.
> So, I do mind building from ports. I just want to download
> 20-30 packages along with their dependecies.
> I think I've found a relatively cheap way to do just that,
> I am going to use unionfs to create a "replica" of my system,
> mount an empty fs on $JAIL/var/db/pkg, fire up "jail $JAIL"
> and pkg_add -Kr $everything_i_want in there.
> //a few of minutes later
> Yet to my big surprise(and disappointment) pkg_add -Kr
> does not keep the dependencies, but only the requested
> file e.g. pkg_add -rK bash, downloads all depedencies,
> installs bash and deletes all packages but bash. Not
> much of a progress...
But you can still use the installed packages to recreate everything:

e.g. pkg_create -Rb bash-x.y.z

Or, use a simple shell script with pkg_create -b to create packages from 
all installed ones, i.e:

for i in `pkg_info -Ea`
 pkg_create -b $i

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