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/etc not on / (was Re: possible mass-filing of bugs: many shared library packages contain binaries in usr/bin)

Wouter Verhelst <wouter@debian.org> writes:
> OK, how about this one then: How can init start initscripts if
> /etc/inittab is not on /? Not to mention the fact that your hardcoded
> initscript usually resides in /etc too.
> Pretty hard that way, huh?

One way to do it would be to have a skeleton /etc on /; when the real
/etc is mounted it'll supplant the skeleton.  Another way would be to
have the init invoked by the kernel be a script or program that
mounted /etc before exec'ing the real init.


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