PKGSRC(7) Standards, Environments, and Macros PKGSRC(7)

pkgsrczone brand for running a reduced copy of OmniOS alongside Joyent's pkgsrc repository

The pkgsrc brand uses the brands(7) framework to provide an environment for running a small copy of Omnios, with system software packages linked to those installed in the global zone.

A pkgsrc zone is a sparse(7) zone which is pre-configured to use Joyent's binary package repository. This provides access to over 20,000 ready-built packages ready to install and use. Within a pkgsrc zone, use the pkgin command to manage these packages which are all installed under the /opt/local directory. Like ipkg(7) zones, pkgsrc zones can have multiple boot environments, created either locally within the zone or managed automatically from the global zone as BEs are created/destroyed there.

Given their small size, low overhead and ease of maintenance, it is common to use pkgsrc zones for running individual services such as an NTP, DHCP or DNS server.

Persistent network configuration (including DNS resolver information) can be configured using zonecfg(8). An example zone configured with VNIC "vnic0" using a static IP address is below:

create -t pkgsrc
set zonepath=/zones/testzone
set autoboot=true
add net
    set physical=vnic0
    set allowed-address=
    set defrouter=
    set global-nic=auto
add attr
    set name=dns-domain
    set type=string
add attr
    set name=resolvers
    set type=string
    set value=,

Within a pkgsrc zone, the /usr, /lib and /sbin directories are read-only.

pkgsrc zone boot environments are linked to the global zone boot environment under which they were created. This means that rolling back the global zone to a previous boot environment will also roll back the zone. For this reason, zone data which should be shared across boot environments should be allocated to a dedicated dataset.

brands(7), ipkg(7), privileges(7), resource_controls(7), zones(7), zfs(8), zoneadm(8), zonecfg(8)

March 25, 2019 OmniOS