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Date:      Wed, 28 Oct 2015 22:05:10 +0100
From:      Miroslav Lachman <>
To:, "Michael B. Eichorn" <>
Subject:   Re: /etc/jail.conf documentation?
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Valeri Galtsev wrote on 10/28/2015 21:25:
> On Wed, October 28, 2015 1:41 pm, Michael B. Eichorn wrote:
>> On Wed, 2015-10-28 at 13:27 -0400, Ernie Luzar wrote:
>>> Valeri Galtsev wrote:
>>>> Dear All,
>>>> Can someone recommend something similar to FreeBSD handbook that
>>>> describes
>>>> building jails for newer systems meaning /etc/jail.conf as opposed to
>>>> /etc/rc.conf which handbook currently has in its jails chapter. I
>>>> still
>>>> have all jail configurations on 9.3 boxes in /etc/rc.conf, but it is
>>>> time
>>>> to build 10.x production boxes, and do things modern way (implying
>>>> /etc/jail.conf). I still intend to keep building jails "old fashion
>>>> way"
>>>> as described in handbook, as opposed to using tools "ezjail" or
>>>> similar.
>>>> Thanks for all your advises!
>>>> Valeri
>>> Check out the jail-primer and qjail port.
>> (adding freebsd-jail list)
>> Ernie, I don't think that this is what Valeri was looking for. Those are
>> both jail-management utilities not really documentation on using jail(8)
>> via configuration using jail.conf(5).
>> I would be indeed be interested in a modern best-practices guide for
>> using the base system jail management tools.
> Michael, thanks for your comment. You certainly are right.
> Ernie, thanks for your pointers. They are not exactly a chapter on how to
> do the whole jail manually new style - exactly as Michael says - similar
> to what is found in FreeBSD handbook (alas, for old style). However,
> thanks to your pointer, I've found
> which at a first glance looks comprehensive and decent reading, and
> combined with my experience of setting up jails "by the book" in the past,
> is sufficient for me to do the same /etc/jail.conf way - I've got one
> running already; it will need some careful walkover sill, but I'm in
> business.

You can do your work with jails the same way (creation, updating, 
upgrading...). You just need to convert your rc.conf configuration in to 
jail.conf, which is more flexible.
Automatic conversion (by rc.d/jail from FreeBSD 10.x) didn't work for 
me. Manual creation of jail.conf was easy.

Miroslav Lachman

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