Subhro <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes: > I am trying to get a Network install working on my local network. I > have been able to successfully create a NFS export of the installation > disk and perform a install from there. The target machines boot over > PXE and fetch "stuff" from the NFS. > > However I am unable to figure out how to get the packages working. I > have a list of about 180 packages which needs to be installed. But I > am unable to figure out how to go about it. I would like to use > precompiled packages, but the CD do not contain the packages I am > looking for. One of the option is to mirror the whole package > directory from the freebsd mirrors, but that story involves a lot of > data transfer and bandwidth. Is there something obvious I am missing? > > Any help would be highly appreciated.
There are a number of ways to do this general sort of thing. For the base system approach, with pkg_add(1), setting PACKAGEROOT (or possibly PACKAGESITE depending on exactly how you configure the server for network fetch, or PKG_PATH if the clients have the NFS directory mounted) should be good enough. On the other hand, the way I do it is to have a master server, where I build everything (or fetch everything, if I don't want to build it myself). Then the other machines mount /usr/ports from the master server. I use portupgrade to do the installs from the clients, which knows how to use packages when available locally and only fetch them if they aren't. I hope this helps. _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"