Re: ifupdown writes to /etc... a bug?
In article <email@example.com>,
Goswin Brederlow <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>"Marco d'Itri" <md@Linux.IT> writes:
>> On Mar 17, Thomas Hood <email@example.com> wrote:
>> >If a consensus is emerging that /run is needed, what's the next
>> >step? Amending policy to allow for the directory (currently
>> >forbidden by FHS)?
>> I do not think there is such a consensus.
Unfortunately I have to agree. Nothing solid came out of the
discussion, I think. I'm still not sure if I should provide
a /run directory in sysvinit, or not.
>> Many people pointed that after teaching programs like mount to follow
>> symlinks the problem can easily be solved by the local admin.
>No it can't and mount already follows symlinks. Thats why linking to
>/proc/mounts works unless you need the extra infos for loopback or
>quota thats stored only in a normal /etc/mtab.
No, mount doesn't follow symlinks correctly. If it sees that mtab
is a symlink it will simply not modify it at all, which is
not what you want. You want mount to follow the symlink if it
doesn't point to /proc and do it's tempfile creation etc in
the directory the link points to.
>Anyway, the problem remains that you need a palce to write data at a
>time when there is no place to write to. No matter where you say it
>should go to you first need to make something writeable.
>I don't like the idea of a ramdisk because its eigther too smal or to
>big but never right sized. tmpfs might be suitable but you have to
>adapt software to utilize the place where its mounted or to correctly
>function with symlinks to there.
>Providing a state fs that you mount in place of a file would solve all
>the problems without any change in userspace software. I think thats
>still the best aproach.
No it doesn't, because for example mount does this:
fd = open("/etc/mtab.TMP", O_RDWR|O_CREATE, 0666);
write(fd, "/dev/hda / ext3 ...", 100);
That isn't going to work with a state fs.
Besides, you can already mount things in place of a file. Create a file
in /dev/shm, and bind-mount it over a file in /etc. Works fine. But
it isn't enough, since it will not work with the above.
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