Re: Bug#669647: ITP: hurd-cvsfs -- CVS virtual filesystem for the GNU Hurd
On Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 03:47:18PM +0100, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> > > around large amounts of code and extra initscripts to generate
> > > mtab for the only system which does not support /proc/mounts
> > > (Hurd). A procfs translator (even an incomplete one) would
> > > allow all this (barely tested) cruft to be dropped.
> > We have an incomplete procfs already. It doesn't have /proc/mounts,
> > because it's not a trivial thing to implement: since mounts are
> > distributed, there is no central place where filesystems are to be
> > recorded. There are plans to somehowe build one. In the meanwhile
> > things are working already. I don't think spending time on a feature
> > just to remove some existing code is the best way to spend our time,
> > either.
> I would say something *like* /proc/mounts is important for a modern
> Unix-like system. I'm sure it's not trivial, but it's implementing a
> standard format (mtab) and not a moving target of 'be like Linux'.
For mtab, it's probably not even strictly necessary for this to be in
/proc/mounts. It could be a translator on /etc/mtab directly? (If
a translator can be a single file?)
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