PC-BSD Feature Digest 31 – Warden CLI upgrade + IRC Announcement

Hey everyone!  After a brief hiatus from feature updates we are back!  We’ve switched from Fridays to Mondays and rather than trying to get an update out every week we aren’t on a specific schedule.  We will continue to push out these feature updates when we have some cool new features come out we think you’ll want to know about.

The Warden and PBI_add backend (CLI)  management tools have received some exciting new features we’d like to tell you about.  You can now create jails on the fly when adding a new PBI to your application library.  For instance say you’re adding a PBI using the “pbi_add” command and you want to install the PBI into a new jail that you haven’t created yet.  You would specify:  “sudo pbi_add -J apache” without the quotes to create a default named jail with the PBI apache installed directly into it.  The -J being the new flag that specifies the creation of the new jail.

There’s also a new option now to do a bulk jail creation.  By simply using the new –bulk and –ip4pool flag you can easily roll out your preset number of jails quickly and efficiently.  To use this cool new feature just type:  “warden create <jailname> –bulk 5 –ip4pool” and voila you’ve got 5 brand spanking new jails created in no time starting at IP address .

The PC-BSD team is now hanging out in IRC!  Get involved in the conversation and come  visit us on Freenode in channel #pcbsd.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Written by Josh Smith. Posted in 10.0, new features, pbis

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Comments (4)

  • Rodolfo E. Edelmann
    July 8, 2014 at 10:14 am |

    Nice feature for warden, Would be good to add multiple interfaces in the configuration. Like in /etc/jail.conf of freebsd.

  • Ragansi
    July 10, 2014 at 10:40 am |

    I thought PBI’s were more or less going away in favor of pkg?

    Likely I misread the older post.

  • July 22, 2014 at 10:51 pm |


    How do I move my system over to your stable branch?


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