Re: /usr vs. root was: /etc /usr/etc
Vadim Vygonets writes:
> On Sun, 6 Jul 1997, Yann Dirson wrote:
> > Sorry, I just proposed the concept; when coming to implementation, I
> > rather advocate this function be incorporated into libc. That's the
> > only way to eventually make it a standard.
> Then we must take it to original libc, to not introduce
> incompatibilities with our friends. But I don't think there is a
> place in libc for this function -- libc is something standard.
Aren't there a frontend to linux-specific syscalls in libc ?
> > The packages' sources will not be changed, so there won't be any
> > difference from what wa have now, in this respect. Every distribution
> > might use another policy for handling this problem, but if we come
> > with such a general solution, they may even be able to use it at a low
> > cost.
> Well, but then it will act different on other systems.
it already does, as all conffiles in debian are in /etc.
> > 1: false, the mechanism does exist.
> In 2.1. But we must wait for 2.2 (if we want a stable kernel). So we
> virtually don't have it now.
> Yes, ACL seems nice, but it's not ready.
OK. But we're trying to get a medium-term solution, aren't we ?
> Because we need some files in /etc before we mount remote /etc, or if
> it's unavailable (think single-user).
Linux is already able to nfs-mount / for a diskless workstation before
continuing boot. Allowing other dirs should be trivial, though a bit
> > > (d) This would make the remote /etc partition very very large, keeping
> > > up to several thousands of files (on large networks).
> > On the server, yes. Isn't it its role ?
> Not too ridiculous. You are in maze of hundreds of little files, all
> alike but different.
so let's add an option to 'ls' to hide these 'conffile#...=...#'
files, and set the right env when working on a particular
> Why not? If you crack the fileserver, I think everything is lost then.
Sorry, I must agree here :)
> > You forgot rsync/cfengine, I think. Someone wants to develop about
> > this one ?
> rsunc or cfengine means changing root filesystem, and that's what I
> don't want to do.
I think we'll have to find tradeoffs here; there are in each solution
pros and cons...
Yann Dirson <email@example.com>
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