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I am a newbie server manager and trying jails. It's too hard to configure it. So I decided to use ezjail utility. It seems working, but I got an issue.

When I installed my FreeBSD box, it was 9.0-RELEASE. After I upgrade it, it became 9.1-RELEASE-p7.

The problem is ezjail tried to download FreeBSD distro from FreeBSD FTP site. And it failed because ezjail wanted 9.1-RELEASE-p7 and the site has only 9.1-RELEASE.

I tried forcing download by manually specifying 9.1-RELEASE path, but created jail doesn't work with this message.

Configuring jails:.
Starting jails: cannot start jail "example_com":
Error: Could not start
  You need to start it by hand.

I have no idea why it doesn't work. What is the recommended way to configure a jail for beginner?

P.S. My test VM is using DHCP and doesn't have static IP and domain name. can it cause this problem?


I succeeded to install a jail using bsdinstall jail $JAIL_NAME. Anyway, I have no idea how it's done...

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It's kind of hard to understand what you're trying to accomplish. Maybe add any relevant /var/log messages? You're trying to start a jail and it's failing right? What do the patch issues and version issues have to do with that? – inetplumber Sep 23 '13 at 0:30
@inetplumber As I added on update, I did it using bsdinstall, and now I am not sure which file is really relevant to ezjail. I'm sorry, and I will update this QA as I get better result. – Eonil Sep 23 '13 at 0:41
check out /etc/rc.conf to see if bsdinstall auto made some config examples you can copy and crib for a manual configuration in the future. also is THE go to place for freeBSD related stuff. I would highly recommend it (they can be rough - but it's worth it). – inetplumber Sep 23 '13 at 1:10
"So I couldn't fetch it due to different patch-level version number." <-- You couldn't fetch what?? What program are you trying to fetch something with? The jails are configured in /etc/rc.conf as inetplumber mentioned. Configuring them really isn't hard at all, what were you having problems with exactly?? This really isn't a question so much as a rant about something not working... – Chris S Sep 23 '13 at 3:01
@ChrisS ezjail tries to download FreeBSD distro from FreeBSD FTP site. And it failed because ezjail wanted 9.1-RELEASE-p7 and the site has only 9.1-RELEASE. It was the message I saw. – Eonil Sep 23 '13 at 3:34

I switched to qjail, and it's working magically. All I need is only FreeBSD disc. I think difference of patch-level may cause some problem, but currently, I satisfied on qjail.

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