What is poudriere?

poudriere is a BSD-2 licensed tool primarily designed to test package production on FreeBSD. However, most people will find it useful to bulk build ports for FreeBSD.

Its goals are to use modern facilities present in FreeBSD, to be easy to use, to depend only on base, and to be parallel.

It is able to build the whole portstree like tinderbox does.

poudriere is able to build packages for versions of FreeBSD that are different from the box on which it is installed, and also to build packages for i386 if the host is an amd64 box.

Once the package building is done, the packages will be in a layout identical to the official mirrors. Therefore they will be useable by any package management tool (pkg_add, portmaster, and so on).

What does poudriere require?

That is all. For more comfort, we recommend to have quite a lot of RAM in order to make the builds in a VM resident filesystem.

How to install it?

Just type "make install" at the top-level directory.

What do I have to configure before starting use it?

Create a mandatory configuration file

Poudriere will look for a configuration file in /usr/local/etc.

Copy the default configuration file:

cp /usr/local/etc/poudriere.conf.sample /usr/local/etc/poudriere.conf

then edit it:

$EDITOR /usr/local/etc/poudriere.conf

The comments inside the configuration file should be sufficient.


See poudriere(8).



To hack on poudriere you first need to use http://fossil-scm.org

and clone the repo:

# fossil clone https://fossil.etoilebsd.net/poudriere poudriere.fossil
# mkdir poudriere
# cd poudriere
# fossil open ../poudriere.fossil

Happy FreeBSDing!

Join us on IRC: #poudriere on Freenode