Test Upcoming Versions
Test an Upcoming Version
Prior to any release, there is a beta period where testing snapshots will be announced on the FreeNAS® website, blog, and social media sites. This beta period is meant to provide users an opportunity to test the upcoming release and to provide feedback on bugs and errors so that they can be fixed prior to release. Feedback can be sent to the Freenas-testing mailing list or a bug report can be created as described in the previous section.
Testing a Nightly Snapshot
Changes to FreeNAS® occur daily as developers address the bugs and enhancement requests reported by FreeNAS® users. A testing version that incorporates these changes is automatically built daily and is available for download as a nightly release.
If you wish to install or upgrade to the testing version of FreeNAS® (i.e. the version that addresses all fixed bugs up to today's date) or you need to upgrade to a version that incorporates a fix you are waiting for, you can download the latest nightly version.
NOTE: it is possible that a recently implemented change will not work as expected or will break something else. If you experience this, take the time to add a comment to the applicable support ticket so that the developers can address the problem.
DANGER! upgrading from a nightly snapshot to a RELEASE is not supported! Be wary of installing a nightly in a production environment and be sure to backup your configuration before attempting a full install of a later RC or RELEASE version.
Nightly builds are available as ISO, GUI upgrade, or .img images. If you are upgrading to a nightly from an earlier version of FreeNAS®, see the section on Upgrading FreeNAS® for instructions on how to upgrade.
Rolling Your Own Testing Snapshot
Users who wish to create their own custom ISO for testing purposes can download and compile the latest FreeNAS® source from the svn repository. Read the README first so that you are aware of any gotchas and currently known limitations.
If you wish to build your own testing snapshot, you will need to install FreeBSD 8.3 in a virtual environment or on a test system. If you are using a virtual environment, a 64-bit system with at least 4 GB of RAM is recommended. Download the FreeBSD version (i386 or amd64) that matches the architecture that you wish to build and, when prompted to choose your distribution set during the installation, select the Minimal install option.
After booting into the newly installed FreeBSD system, become the superuser (type su and enter the root user's password) and run the following commands. First, install the software you'll need and refresh your path so it is aware of the new binaries:
pkg_add -r subversion pkg_add -r nano pkg_add -r cdrtools pkg_add -r python27 pkg_add -r pbi-manager rehash
Change to the directory where you would like to store the FreeNAS® source, then use this command to download the source:
svn co https://freenas.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/freenas/trunk cd trunk
You're now ready to build the image:
env FREEBSD_CVSUP_HOST=cvsup1.freebsd.org sh build/do_build.sh
Once the build completes, you will have an image in obj.yyyy/FreeNAS—VVVV-XXXX-yyyy.img.xz where:
- VVVV is the release branch version
- XXXX is the svn revision from the FreeNAS® repo
- yyyy is either i386 or amd64 depending on your platform and what was provided via $FREENAS_ARCH on the command line or in an environment setting
This is a compressed raw disk image which needs to be decompressed and converted to your favorite virtual machine container format before use. There will also be a CD image called obj.yyy/FreeNAS-VVVV-XXXX-yyyy.iso that you can burn to disk and use to install or upgrade FreeNAS®.