Re: ifupdown writes to /etc... a bug?
In chiark.mail.debian.devel, you wrote:
>Maybem but it probably creates a lot of headaches. /etc is the ONLY
>directory with guaranteed early write access. Some stuff IS bound to
>have to use /etc instead of /var.
/etc is not guaranteed to be writeable, and certainly won't be if
it's shared between all of your net-bootable clients. As far as I can
tell, the easiest way to deal with this is to write to /var/run and then
cause /var/run to always point towards writeable storage even if /var
isn't mounted yet, which is the method that I implemented for a cluster
of netbooting systems. It looked something like this:
/initrd (where the ramdisk ends up if it's not unmounted)
/var (empty except for a symlink to /initrd/var/run )
And then later on, the real /var can be mounted and also contain a
symlink to the same place. It's far easier to ensure that /var/run is
always writeable than it is to ensure that /etc is writeable.
Matthew Garrett | firstname.lastname@example.org