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

On Mon, 13 May 2002 06:13, Richard Kettlewell wrote:
> 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.

If you're going to do that then have /base-etc contain the files and /etc 
have sym-links.  You don't want to umount /etc on a live system to change 
some boot script...

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