iocage specific 12.0-RELEASE -> STABLE/12

Dave Cottlehuber dch at
Thu Jan 17 14:43:16 UTC 2019

On Wed, 16 Jan 2019, at 21:41, Russell L. Carter wrote:
> Greetings,
> While I wait on poudriere to build both firefox and chromium (32
> threads, and it will still take a while), so that I can install iocage
> and dive into this newfangled technology called "jails" ;-), I have a
> basic question.
> I had a flash in the brain (be nice, I'm a geezer and slow, it's only
> taken me 20 years to figure this out) and realized I might be able to
> use iocage jails to quickly spin up dev environments that are skeletal
> compared to my desktop environment and so can minimize package version
> collisions that happen when I try to port stuff to FreeBSD.  So I want
> the FreeBSD version of the jail to match the commit of my stable/12
> host, including packages.  However the iocage docs don't seem to
> mention this possibility.  Is this something people do?  I am guessing
> I can nfs mount my (different) build box's /usr/src, /usr/obj, and my
> package export directories into the jail, and use my source upgrade
> scripts and pkg upgrade as usual, correct?  Are there any gotchas I
> should be aware of?  Will the template mechanism make it easy to do
> the configuration just once, or is iocage expecting a point RELEASE,
> as suggested by the docs?
> I got to this point pondering how to install gnutls with guile
> bindings, so that I can see if I can get guix working on stable/12.

poudriere has an interactive mode, so you get dropped into a working jail:

sudo poudriere bulk -j 12_0_amd64 -i category/port

This probably does everything you need without needing iocage.


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