Media Packages Vs. Ports

vrwmiller at vrwmiller at
Fri Sep 24 16:03:22 UTC 2010

On Sep 24, 2010 10:54am, Rick Miller <vmiller at> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 3:55 PM, Adam Vande More amvandemore at>  
> wrote:

> > On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 11:41 AM, vrwmiller at> wrote:

> >>

> >> 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.

> I've created the package and copied it to the networked media. How do

> I edit the INDEX file so that it knows how to get the file?

I did figure out one way to get this to work. I copied the entry for the  
port from the ports index file into the packages index file and it worked.  
Whether or not it's an appropriate way, I am unsure.

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