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Old 02-24-2011, 01:53 AM   #1
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Making a FreeBSD based distro


Hello all,

I am interested in making my own flavor of FreeBSD. I have been pointed to http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO...ase-build.html as my guide. Anyone know if this is an easy process or not???
 
Old 02-24-2011, 09:55 AM   #2
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Relatively easy process:

http://romana.now.ie/writing/customfreebsdiso.html
http://www.cyclecide.com/~rudy/examp...m-freebsd.html
 
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:38 AM   #3
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Both http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO...ase-build.html and http://romana.now.ie/writing/customfreebsdiso.html say to use the command: make release. I have tried the command make release and I get: "make: don't know how to make release. stop." I ran the command as regular user and as root both did not produce any results. The folder that I executed the command was src/release. I presume that is where I am supposed to execute the command. I tried make world and make buildworld but I get the same error of:"make: don't know how to make *. stop."
 
Old 02-25-2011, 05:21 AM   #4
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Works here:

Code:
% cd /usr/src/release
% make release
To make a release you must set CHROOTDIR and BUILDNAME
*** Error code 1

Stop in /usr/src/release.
Are You sure have the sources on Your disk?

Code:
% du -sh /usr/src 
467M	/usr/src
 
Old 02-25-2011, 09:07 AM   #5
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yeah, I was definitely missing the release dir. Pretty sure that was my issue. I am currently re-installing FreeBSD WITH the required software. I know I am using a nuke to kill a mosquito but it is the only way I know to have everything I need. I do not think that I will have any more issues after the new install, but I shall see! Thank you for the help Vermaden.
 
Old 02-25-2011, 10:04 AM   #6
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Welcome mate
 
Old 03-09-2011, 03:44 PM   #7
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Perl Error

when I ran make release I got an error about Perl. The following is the error verbatim:
--------------------------------
cd: can't cd to /home/lonesoac0/chroot/usr/ports/lang/perl5.10
***Error Code 2

Stop in /usr/src/release.
*** Error Code 1

Stop in /usr/src/release
--------------------------------
I looked in the /usr/src/release/makefile and found the following:
#Doing 'make index' in /usr/ports requires Perl.
MAKEINDEXPORTS= lang/perl5.10
---------------------------------

Is the make release command trying to make a perl based index of installed ports?
Is this index required?

I commented the MAKEINDEXPORTS out, re-ran make release and I was eventually presented with so many errors that they went off the screen. I cannot remember if they were perl related or not.
 
Old 03-10-2011, 01:01 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by lonesoac0 View Post
cd: can't cd to /home/lonesoac0/chroot/usr/ports/lang/perl5.10
Why like that, it should be at most /usr/ports/lang/perl5.10 not /home/lonesoac0/chroot/usr/ports/lang/perl5.10 ... You use chroot there?

make index (in /usr/ports) creates the /usr/ports/INDEX-8 file (or /usr/ports/INDEX-7 on FreeBSD 7.x etc) to allow You to search Ports by make command:
Code:
# cd /usr/ports
# make search name=xterm
Just add perl by package:
Code:
# pkg_add -r perl
 
Old 03-10-2011, 03:06 AM   #9
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I looked at the Perl error a second time and I thought of the solution you said...install Perl. Glad we are on the same wave length on that issue. I ran pkg_add -rF perl with the -F option because my machine was saying: "pkg_add: package 'perl-5.10.1_1' or its older version already installed." I think that the correct Perl version was installed when I first ran make release. Only way to find out is to re-run the command to be sure.

Also I chose my CHROOT environment to be in my home dir because that is where I remember Ubuntu guides placing it. And I am going to say this because I think you are thinking this....I have not been using a Ubuntu HOWTO for FreeBSD. LOL!
 
Old 03-12-2011, 01:56 AM   #10
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Fisrt I did the:
# cd /usr/ports
# make search name=xterm

Second I uncommented the MAKEINDEXPORTS line in the /usr/src/release/Makefile.

I then re-ran make release.

I still received the:
cd: can't cd to /home/lonesoac0/chroot/usr/ports/lang/perl5.10
***Error Code 2

Stop in /usr/src/release.
*** Error Code 1

Stop in /usr/src/release
--------------------------------
Any sujestions??
 
Old 03-12-2011, 08:00 PM   #11
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Maybe this will help You mate:
http://freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859...g/article.html
 
Old 03-16-2011, 06:47 PM   #12
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Well...it looks like I completed the make release command. I looked at the more detailed information posted by vermaden and I decided that I was reading too much into it. The make release command had been described to me as a relatively easy thing to do. As a result I decided to completely start from scratch in my build process. I found http://wiki.idefix.fechner.net/index...D-Build_Own_CD and decided to follow it. There were only two changes to the commands posted that I had to make. I just tested the installation ISO in VB 4.0 and it installed just fine.

Funny thing is, is that I expected only one ISO file to be made. make release made a LIVE ISO, and three other installation disks. I guess that is BSD magic for you....
 
Old 03-17-2011, 02:23 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by lonesoac0 View Post
Funny thing is, is that I expected only one ISO file to be made. make release made a LIVE ISO, and three other installation disks. I guess that is BSD magic for you....
The 'RELEASE' consists of these types of images:
Code:
FreeBSD-{MAJOR}.{MINOR}-RELEASE-{ARCH}-bootonly.iso  To test how it boots
FreeBSD-{MAJOR}.{MINOR}-RELEASE-{ARCH}-disc1.iso     The CD version with small amount of packages
FreeBSD-{MAJOR}.{MINOR}-RELEASE-{ARCH}-dvd1.iso.xz   Compressed DVD (with xz) which contains also livefs (FIXIT mode) and more packages
FreeBSD-{MAJOR}.{MINOR}-RELEASE-{ARCH}-livefs.iso    The livefs (FIXIT mode) and nothing else
FreeBSD-{MAJOR}.{MINOR}-RELEASE-{ARCH}-memstick.img  The Pendrive/USB image with livefs (FIXIT mode) and pacakges is made with other script
My opinion, only use *-dvd1.iso or *-memstick.img images, as they contain livefs, which allows You to manually install FreeBSD:
http://forums.freebsd.org/showthread.php?t=12082
 
Old 03-18-2011, 03:39 AM   #14
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Yeah, I like the LIVE feature built into Linux/BSD too.
 
  


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