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Re: Get rid of /etc/mtab ?

On Wed, Jul 31, 2002 at 11:27:09AM +1000, Brian May wrote:
> I gather that this is a rare condition that only occurs if you compile
> devfs into the kernel but do not use it?
> Obvious solution: Don't do this!

Er.  Lots of people use precompiled kernels with most commonly-used
features in them, including devfs.  Not using them generally shouldn't
break things.

It'd probably be a lot more straightforward to move mtab out of /etc
than to try to make /proc/mounts act like it.  That's still difficult,
though; it's been discussed here before.  It *would* be nice to get
/etc/ to be completely readonly; as far as I know, the only reason mtab
is still in there is because /etc is guaranteed to be on the root fs,
and /var isn't.

(I'd think discussing the idea of making /proc/mounts a suitable
replacement for /etc/mtab would be better done on l-k, though.)

Glenn Maynard

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