best configuration management tool for FreeBSD?

Matt Lager matt at
Tue Apr 15 22:49:11 UTC 2014

This isn't really an answer to your question, but I had about the same 
amount of systems and went down the same path, and ended up feeling like 
putting a layer over the management of the systems got me disconnected 
from the systems themselves. I went back to building a centralized 
infrastructure connected to a MySQL database that let me perform 
specific tasks to all the systems... For instance, my perl script 
indexes out of date installed ports nightly, writes them to a MySQL 
database, and then I can set certain hosts and ports to update, etc. It 
was a bit more work but I know exactly what is going on at all times, 
whereas when I used puppet, I felt a little removed which I didn't like. 
Just thought I'd share my experience.

On 4/15/2014 3:38 PM, Michael Sierchio wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 3:33 PM, Aleksandr Miroslav
> <alexmiroslav at>wrote:
>> What is the best configuration management tool for FreeBSD? We make
>> heavy use of installing things from ports, so any tool that
>> understands how to install upgrade stuff from ports would be great.
> Lots of people use Chef, lots of people use Puppet, lots of people use
> CFEngine3, etc.
> I tend to prefer those in the opposite order in which I've enumerated them.
>   Some people use bcfg2, also, I might add ;-)
> The best is the one you will actually use.
> - M
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