[nycbug-talk] managing jails without installing src

Charles Sprickman spork at bway.net
Mon Mar 19 15:09:05 EDT 2012

ezjail is awesome in many ways.  It does offer support for a binary install either remotely or by pointing to local install media.


A number of other features are just terribly handy - the shared base is read-only inside the jail, which helps mitigate any replacement of base utilities by miscreants, it integrates very well with zfs, handling the creation of zfs mounts for you, and has a nice built-in archiving setup for backups.  I run it in production all over the place and it's my number one "not part of base" FreeBSD feature.


On Mar 19, 2012, at 2:58 PM, Marc Spitzer wrote:

> I have been looking into setting up a bunch of jails, all of the
> howto's I have found use a source build as a first step to installing
> binaries.  is there any reason to not just the packages that come with
> the CD and then freebsd-update to keep it patched?  I have found no
> docs for this route.  Any pointers/advice more then welcome
> thanks
> marc
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