[talk] Vagrant Cloud boxes for BSDs

Justin Sherrill justin at shiningsilence.com
Tue Jul 18 20:08:34 EDT 2017

I'm stumbling into this a bit late, but: if you wanted to do the same
thing with DragonFly, you can use nrelease (usr/src/nrelease) on
DragonFly to build an image that includes various items via pkg
automatically.  Configuration afterwards could be done with rconfig
too, possibly, though I have not tried it.

( https://leaf.dragonflybsd.org/cgi/web-man has details on both
nrelease and rconfig)

On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 9:19 PM, James E Keenan <jkeenan at pobox.com> wrote:
> This post is directed toward anyone on list who has had experience using the
> Vagrant boxes available on the "Vagrant Cloud"
> (https://app.vagrantup.com/boxes/search) for working with the BSDs.
> Specifically:
> 1. FreeBSD-12.0-CURRENT
> At https://app.vagrantup.com/freebsd/boxes/FreeBSD-12.0-CURRENT, I find what
> appears to be links to weekly snapshot builds of 12.0-CURRENT, e.g.:
> https://app.vagrantup.com/freebsd/boxes/FreeBSD-12.0-CURRENT/versions/2017.07.11
> https://app.vagrantup.com/freebsd/boxes/FreeBSD-12.0-CURRENT/versions/2017.07.04
> ...
> Each of these has a "vmware_desktop" version and a "virtualbox" version.  I
> have experience in both kinds of VM.
> What I would like to do with these boxes is:
> * Install one each week.
> * Configure as necessary to be able to test Perl 5 blead.  This would
> require using 'pkg' to install perl, git, vim, certain perl libraries, etc.,
> in an automated way.
> * Generate smoke test reports of perl 5 blead on FreeBSD-12.0-CURRENT.
> * Discard boxes after, say, 4 weeks.
> Has anyone experience with something like this?  What have you learned from
> that experience?
> 2. OpenBSD
> I've never succeeded in getting a working (meaning:  connected to the
> Internet) OpenBSD VM, but I see that boxes are available here:
> https://app.vagrantup.com/boxes/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&sort=created&provider=&q=OpenBSD
> I could use such a box to familiarize myself with OpenBSD as well as to
> smoke test Perl.
> Has anyone used such boxes to keep up with OpenBSD development?
> 3. NetBSD
> I've never touched NetBSD at all, but boxes are available here:
> https://app.vagrantup.com/boxes/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&sort=created&provider=&q=NetBSD
> Same concern and questions as for OpenBSD.
> Thank you very much.
> Jim Keenan
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