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Re: ifupdown writes to /etc... a bug?

miquels@cistron-office.nl (Miquel van Smoorenburg) writes:

> In article <87he9xd5sf.fsf@mrvn.homelinux.org>,
> Goswin Brederlow  <goswin.brederlow@student.uni-tuebingen.de> wrote:
> >miquels@cistron-office.nl (Miquel van Smoorenburg) writes:
> >
> >> 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);
> >> close(fd);
> >> rename("/etc/mtab.TMP", "/etc/mtab");
> >> 
> >> That isn't going to work with a state fs.
> >
> >Maybe mount and ifup/down could be changed to use /dev/shm
> >optionally (maybe via symlink).
> Sure, by all means, teach mount to readlink() the symlink and
> work in the destination directory of the symlink. Ditto for
> ifup/ifdown.

Done for mount:

deb ftp://mrvn.homeip.net/ sid main
deb-src ftp://mrvn.homeip.net/ sid main

ifup/down and lvm are next.

> >If everyone can live with that, especially the sysvinit maintainer who
> >has to include the changes to prepare /dev/shm for this
> You mean mount /dev/shm early if it's in fstab

mount -n and then remount / and /dev/shm again. Or /mem or whatever
gets decided.

> >I'm willing
> >to write some patches to utilize /dev/shm for this.
> As above, fix mount and ifup/down to follow symlinks. Or, teach
> them to check for /run and use /run instead of /etc if it is present.
> If the sysvinit maintainer then just changes the bootup scripts
> to mount tmpfs-based filesystems as early in the boot process
> as possible, we're basically done.
> If you have a read-only rootfs it's then simply:
> - use a 2.4 kernel or later with tmpfs support
> - mount tmpfs on /dev/shm or /run or whatever you like
>   using /etc/fstab

/dev/shm is for shmfs

> - make /etc/mtab a symlink to /dev/shm/fstab or /run/fstab
> Et voila.
> If that works we can later discuss if it would be a good idea
> to make Debian use /run (or /whatever) by default on new installs.

Worked in my chroot.


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