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

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On Sun, 23 Mar 2003, Anthony Towns wrote:

> Eh? passwd and useradd are part of the admin's toolset; if they need to
> write to /etc (rather than using ldap or similar), the admin needs to
> remount / rw. This is exactly the same as needing to mount / rw when
> running apt-get and dpkg.

I probably use passwd more often as a non-priviliged user (to change my
password) than as root.

I very much like the possibility of a ro-rootfs and would run all my
systems with ro-root if it would be easy to set up. But not at the cost of
having /run or /mem polluting my filesystem. Making tools more ro-root
friendly is a good idea but please keep my root directory clean.

Also I don't think it's very easy to make a distinction between admin
related activity and "normal" activity done by unpriviliged users (e.g.
regularly update /etc/motd with news items, changing passwords, adding a
virtual host to apache config, etc). I don't think it's very clear what
should go in /run and what in /etc if you decide to make a /run.

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