On 2013-10-08, at 11:17 AM, Freddie Cash <fjwc...@gmail.com> wrote: > I haven't kept up-to-date with all the developments, but isn't this part of > the bsdinstall/pkgng plan? Once the pkgng repos are all available and > populated, then bsdinstall will be able to install packages from there during > the install. And, isn't that part of the plan for the DVD installers, to > include an "installer repo" for off-line installs? > > IOW, theoretically, one could just download the 10.0 DVD, boot, install the > base, browse the repo on the DVD, select items to install, install, reboot, > and be finished. Without ever needing to touch an Internet connection until > after rebooting into FreeBSD, if it's even needed at all.
The big issue here is having access to the distfiles. We rarely, if ever, install pre-compiled packages, because we don't know how they have been configured. Quite often the packages are built with features or dependencies we don't want, or are built without features we *do* want. Instead, we configure and compile the port according to our requirements, then build a package from that for internal use. For this to work in a disconnected environment, you need a ports tree with a fully populated distfiles/ directory. The hack we came up with was to put a FreeBSD host on the external network, on which we ran a script once a week or so that would do the something like 'portsnap fetch update; portsclean -DD; for in in /usr/ports/*/*; (cd $i && make fetch); done'. That would give us a (mostly) populated /usr/ports/distfiles. We would then rsync /usr/ports from the public machine onto a USB drive. That drive would then be disconnected from the public machine and attached to an internal file server, and its /usr/ports rsynced to the file server's /usr/ports. Not pretty, but it got the job done. But that /usr/ports tree is way too big to fit on a DVD. In fact, it might even be too large for a BD-ROM. (I don't have access to the file server right now to check.) --lyndon _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-current To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-current-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"