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Date:      Thu, 8 Sep 2016 10:17:33 +0100
From:      Matthew Seaman <matthew@FreeBSD.org>
To:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: copying /var/cache/pkg between machines
Message-ID:  <3ca9afc1-a867-51aa-92df-96e6c7f80d24@FreeBSD.org>
In-Reply-To: <57D12678.7000903@vlymskerp.net>
References:  <57D12678.7000903@vlymskerp.net>

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From: Matthew Seaman <matthew@FreeBSD.org>
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Message-ID: <3ca9afc1-a867-51aa-92df-96e6c7f80d24@FreeBSD.org>
Subject: Re: copying /var/cache/pkg between machines
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In-Reply-To: <57D12678.7000903@vlymskerp.net>

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On 2016/09/08 09:51, Coert wrote:
> I have a few FreeBSD machines running with KDE installed.
> When I copy /var/cache/pkg to another machine, it downloads all package=
s
> again anyway.
> I tried rsync, tar, made sure the symlinks with checksums are preserved=
,
> but to no avail.
>=20
> What is the recommended way to sync /var/cache/pkg between machines?

Sync'ing /var/cache/pkg like that isn't something that has been
considered as 'normal' usage of pkg(8), so there's no guarantee that it
will work.

However, what you can do is create a local package repo from
/var/cache/pkg by:

   pkg repo /var/cache/pkg

This can be served to your other machine by HTTP or even copied over to
the other machine by rsync.  eg.

   rsync -avx /var/cache/pkg/ othermachine:/var/myrepo/

and then on othermachine add in /usr/local/etc/pkg/repos/myrepo.conf:

   myrepo: {
     url: file:///var/myrepo
     priority: 10
   }

othermachine will still be able to use the default FreeBSD pkg
repositories, but it will prefer 'myrepo' as far as possible.

	Cheers,

	Matthew



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