Media Packages Vs. Ports

vrwmiller at vrwmiller at
Wed Sep 22 17:58:45 UTC 2010

Thanks, Adam. This is most helpful. I appreciate it.

On Sep 21, 2010 3:55pm, Adam Vande More <amvandemore at> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 11:41 AM, vrwmiller at> wrote:

> Hi all,

> I am performing PXE boots and automated installs of FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE  
> with a custom sysinstall.cfg file which identifies packages that are to  
> be installed in addition to the distributions. We have need to install  
> compat6x-amd64 and I'd like to have this done during install.  
> Unfortunately, it does not appear that this package exists in the FreeBSD  
> media from which the install occurs. However, it is available through the  
> ports collection.

> You'll probably want to do something like this:


> FWIW, that's not the end all, be all to setting up your own package  
> repository just a reasonably simple method.

> What is the relationship between the packages directory on the media and  
> the ports collection?

> Packages associated with a RELEASE also ultimately come from the ports  
> tree. However, those RELEASE packages come from a ports tree that was put  
> into slush, then frozen. This means those packages had more testing and  
> tweaking.

> Is it possible to take a port, make a package of it and put it in the  
> packages directory of my own media?

> Sure it's easy. When build a port you can issue a make package command,  
> or you can use pkg_create to create packages from installed ported. A  
> common approach to this is build all your updates in a jail, make  
> packages of them, then delete package from the host and install the newly  
> built ones from the jail. Very small, if any downtime. You can use the  
> jail to create pkg's for a custom repository too.

> --
> Adam Vande More

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