CFT: FreeBSD Package Base

kris at kris at
Mon Apr 29 01:57:52 UTC 2019

Its on the agenda for next months Working Group. That and tooling to help migrating to pkg base and keeping /etc files intact. 

Kris Moore
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-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Sprickman <spork at> 
Sent: Sunday, April 28, 2019 9:30 PM
To: Paul Mather <paul at>
Cc: kris at; FreeBSD Stable <freebsd-stable at>
Subject: Re: CFT: FreeBSD Package Base

> On Apr 28, 2019, at 6:21 PM, Paul Mather <paul at> wrote:
> 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. :-)

What are the plans to get rid of the hellscape known as “mergemaster”?  Is there anything exciting and new there either in base or any of the ixSystems projects?



> Cheers,
> Paul.
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