Re: /run/, resolvconf and read-only root
On Mon, 2003-04-28 at 00:01, Sam Hartman wrote:
> 1) Why are people mounting root read-only?
"Frank" (Not his real name) has a machine with a local
read-only boot medium and a network connection but no local
"Jane" finds it nice that her /etc/ hierarchy changes only
when she administers her machine, not during normal use,
and that /run/ contains information only relevant to the
current boot session. This makes it easier for her to make
and keep track of her backups.
"George" mounts /etc/ read-only because it seems like this
ought to increase the security of his system.
> 2) When root is read-only, what information is variable
> and what information should be immutable?
The distinction between variable and non-variable is drawn
by the FHS. It was the basis for splitting /var out of /usr.
> Why is this a reasonable categorization?
It is reasonable to distinguish between variable and non-variable
files because the distinction makes it possible to segregate the
different sorts of files into different filesystems which may be
then be handled differently -- e.g., stored on different sorts of
> 3) What information needs to go in /var vs /run?
Because /var can be an NFS mount, some programs (e.g.,
networking daemons) necessarily run before /var is available.
Those that need to store state in a "run" directory will use
/run/. All others must use /var/run/.
> I will follow any related changes to policy to the best
> of my ability.
OK, but we should not wait for policy to change before
Thomas Hood <firstname.lastname@example.org>