Build a FreeBSD VM Image Release

release(7) documents a set of shell scripts for creating FreeBSD release files in same manner as the release engineering team. The script creates a new chroot environment, checks out a fresh tree, doing the release builds in a clean environment.

That might be what you want.

I want to write some scripts that take in a specified network, some git commit ids and generates a set of virtual machine images running in bhyve to reproduce a test environment. Building in a clean environment isn't what I need.

The Makefiles in release expect to be run from a tree that already has a built kernel and world. They make building the VM images really easy, but apart from comments in the files aren't documented.

I am going to use a directory for all of the stuff:

freebsd/
    -> src        # freebsd src tree
    -> obj        # object directory
    -> destdir    # freebsd destination direcory

$ cd freebsd
$ git clone https://github.com/freebsd/freebsd.git src
$ cd src

Build the kernel and world, setting the object directory to the one in our tree.

$ env MAKEOBJDIRPREFIX=/home/user/freebsd/obj time make -j4 -DKERNFAST buildkernel
$ env MAKEOBJDIRPREFIX=/home/user/freebsd/obj make -j4 buildworld -DWITH_META_MODE=yes -DWITH_CCACHE_BUILD -DNO_CLEAN

Move to the release directory to build our VM images:

$ cd release

# env MAKEOBJDIRPREFIX=/home/user/freebsd/obj make vm-release -j4 DESTDIR=/home/user/freebsd/destdir WITH_VMIMAGES=yes VMFORMATS=raw NOPKG=yes NOPORTS=yes NOSRC=yes  
# env MAKEOBJDIRPREFIX=/home/user/freebsd/obj make vm-install -j4 DESTDIR=/home/user/freebsd/destdir WITH_VMIMAGES=yes VMFORMATS=raw NOPKG=yes NOPORTS=yes NOSRC=yes

I exclude, packages, ports and the src distribution in the images.

As a test launch a bhyve VM with our created disk image:

# sh /usr/share/examples/bhyve/vmrun.sh -c 4 -m 1024M -t tap0 -d ../../destdir/vmimages/FreeBSD-12.0-CURRENT-amd64.raw test

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