Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2011 00:21:27 +0100 From: Alexander Nasonov <alnsn@...dex.ru> To: owl-dev@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: usage of BSD ports for Owl (GalaxyMaster) wrote: > My concern is how pkgsrc would handle bulk installation on a bunch of > servers? updates? I never worked with ports before, so my questions > may be dumb, but with binary packages it's quite trivial to support a > park of servers and do updates/modification of a set of package across > these servers. Recently, I needed to install 30+ systems in a day. If > we had ports, would I need to build packages on each of these 30+ boxes? I use pkgtools/pkg_chk to build binary packages on a dev box and I use it again to install binary packages on prod boxes. First, you add a list of packages to pkgsrc.conf. You can also include/exclude packages based on hostnames, OSes, files (e.g. install only if /etc/prod exists). Then you build pkg_chk with (cd pkgtools/pkg_chk && bmake install) and build everything with pkg_chk -uas (uas - update all from source) On a prod box you install pkg_chk first pkg_add /path/to/pkg_chk.tgz and everything else with pkg_chk -uab (Of course, you should copy pkgchk.conf over and set PKG_PATH) For installation over http/ftp, you need an additional step to create pkg_summary.tgz and copy it to http/ftp server among with binary packages. The process is documented in several places. See for example http://wiki-static.aydogan.net/How_to_upgrade_packages Alex
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