CFT: FreeBSD Package Base

Paul Mather paul at
Sun Apr 28 22:21:39 UTC 2019

On Apr 28, 2019, at 3:52 PM, <kris at> <kris at> wrote:

> FreeBSD Community,
> I'm pleased to announce a CFT for builds of FreeBSD 12-stable and  
> 13-current
> using "TrueOS-inspired" packaged base. These are stock FreeBSD images which
> will allow users to perform all updating via the 'pkg' command directly.
> Rather than trying to answer all questions in this announcement, we've
> created a FAQ page with more details. Please refer to this page, and let us
> know if you have additional questions that we can include on that page  
> going
> forward.

I currently keep my FreeBSD/arm and FreeBSD/arm64 systems up to date via  
PkgBase in FreeBSD 12.  It works well for me (crossbuilding and hosting the  
PkgBase repository on a FreeBSD/amd64 system).

What is the difference between the above CFT-created PkgBase and one  
created via "make packages" using the native build system  
(  Looking at the FAQ you linked  
(, it seems the above CFT system is  
less granular than the one currently produced via the in-tree "make  
packages" (which could be a good thing from a simplicity standpoint).  Is  
there anything else?

Is the above CFT-produced packages the system that will ultimately become  
the way packaged base is produced in FreeBSD 13.0-RELEASE, or is it just an  
alternative you want people to try out and evaluate?  I guess I'm not clear  
what "TrueOS-inspired" packaged base means. :-)



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