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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, 20 May 2002 13:42, Adam Heath wrote:
> On Mon, 20 May 2002, Russell Coker wrote:
> > 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...
> dpkg has issues with symlinks and conffiles.

When /etc (and presumably all other file systems including /home and /var) 
are not mounted you are unlikely to want to run dpkg...

When /etc is mounted the symlinks will be hidden.

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