Re: Get rid of /etc/mtab ?
On Thu, 25 Jul 2002 06:31, Nathan Hawkins wrote:
> Goswin Brederlow wrote:
> > Whats wrong with linking /proc/mounts to /etc/mtab?
> > Only problem is with loopback since umount won't free the loopback
> > device. But that could be fixed with a kernel change.
> One good reason: non-Linux ports. The Hurd doesn't have /proc at all,
> and the BSD ports have /proc, but don't have all the clutter in there
> that Linux does. So /proc/mounts simply doesn't exist other than on Linux.
> I'd be far more in favour of moving it into /var, which is where it
> should have been in the first place, IMHO.
If you do that then you don't have an entry in the mtab file for the /var
file system, or for any filesystem that has a preceeding entry in the
If the mtab file is to be maintained as a regular file then it MUST be on the
root file system, which means /etc.
As for non-Linux ports, they can do things differently to the Linux ports.
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