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- Image Types
- Image Architectures
- Image Names
- Additional Images
This page describes the pkgsrc release process.
A new pkgsrc branch is created every quarter using the
scheme, with each
Q4 release designated as Long Term Support (LTS) and
supported by Joyent for 3 years. The approximate timeline is as follows:
|30 Sept 2015||
|31 Dec 2015||
|31 March 2016||
|30 June 2016||
|30 Sept 2016||
|31 Dec 2016||
|31 March 2017||
While the branch may be created on the expected branch date, it may be a few weeks after that before binary packages and images show up, due to the amount of time it takes to build them and iron out any final issues.
Images are an easy way to install a particular pkgsrc release, and are the primary way that SmartOS users provision zones. They are a snapshot of a zone which has had pkgsrc installed inside it along with everything required for the zone to function.
The version scheme is taken from the pkgsrc branch they are based on:
x minor version is bumped whenever changes are made to the image (for
example, providing updated packages), but will continue to use the same pkgsrc
There are a couple of different basic images available for each version. They are:
||The smallest zone possible with only core packages installed|
These basic image types are available in multiple architectures:
||32-bit binaries (
||64-bit binaries (
||32-bit binaries with additional 64-bit libraries for some packages|
multiarch image only provides 64-bit libraries for certain packages and
is still under development. It is recommended that users choose the 64-bit
image unless they have specific 32-bit or multiarch requirements.
Each LTS release additionally includes the
-lts suffix in its name to ease
Thus example full image names are:
$ imgadm avail -o name,version,published | egrep "NAME|base.*(15\.4|16\.1)" NAME VERSION PUBLISHED base-32-lts 15.4.0 2016-01-19T14:02:51Z base-64-lts 15.4.0 2016-01-19T14:19:02Z base-multiarch-lts 15.4.0 2016-01-19T14:36:00Z base-32-lts 15.4.1 2016-03-04T00:18:59Z base-64-lts 15.4.1 2016-03-04T00:35:45Z base-multiarch-lts 15.4.1 2016-03-04T00:52:54Z base-32 16.1.0 2016-04-27T15:42:47Z base-64 16.1.0 2016-04-27T15:52:46Z base-multiarch 16.1.0 2016-04-27T16:02:53Z
In addition to these primary images, we also provide a
pkgbuild image. This
contains all the infrastructure necessary for building and developing packages.
It is always 64-bit (so that it can be used to build both 32-bit and 64-bit
packages), and does not have an
There are also a number of other images available for specialised appliance
deployments, such as databases (
percona) and webservers
The most recent pkgsrc branch is maintained by the pkgsrc-releng team at The NetBSD Foundation. They will pullup security and bug fixes to the branch as requested by pkgsrc developers. Once a new branch is cut, maintenance is stopped on the the existing branch and is moved instead onto the new branch.
As Joyent customers are not often in a position to upgrade their zones every 3
months, we introduced an LTS designation for each
Q4 release, which means
that we will continue to pullup security and bug fixes to that branch for 3
years after its initial release.
This gives customers more time to plan their upgrades and ensure their existing applications are not vulnerable to the OpenSSL exploit du jour.