Binary update to -STABLE? And if so, what do I get?

Gregory Byshenk freebsd at
Fri Feb 15 08:13:42 UTC 2019

On Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 10:22:06AM -0800, Freddie Cash wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 10:13 AM Kevin Oberman <rkoberman at> wrote:

> > Far and away the biggest is the requirement to build from sources. It's not
> > a big deal for me, but if I still had many systems to deal with, that would
> > be a pain.

> Just as one can setup a poudriere/synth system for building custom binary
> package repositories (so one builds packages on one system for easy
> installation on multiple systems using binary packages), one can also setup
> a custom freebsd-update server (so one builds the OS on one system, for
> easy installation on multiple servers using binary updates).  And that can
> be done to track -STABLE or -CURRENT, I believe.
> Granted, I have never done it, nor looked too deeply into the documentation
> around it, but I do know it's possible. :)  At least in theory.  :D
> IOW, the days of needing to compile everything on each individual machine
> are behind us.

They have been behind us for quite a long time. Even more than
ten years ago already one could use a build machine for builds,
and then just install on a collection of different servers --
thus using the same tested version everywhere. I'm doing that
even now for a tiny number of "special" machines where I want
to run STABLE instead of just using freebsd-update.

gregory byshenk  -  gbyshenk at  -  Leiden, NL

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