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Re: /usr (was: Re: Survey answers part 3: systemd is not portable and what this) means for our ports

On Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 05:07:39PM +0100, Roger Leigh wrote:
> - using the same infrastructure, it's also possible to
>   mount /etc in the initramfs so that you can have e.g. a
>   separately encrypted /etc filesystem.  This is a separate
>   feature though and can be split out.

This reflects poorly on the infrastructure in question.  Handling /etc as a
separate filesystem from /, aside from not being a feature anyone else
has asked for and not being a requirement for reducing deltas with upstreams
/ other distros, implies that the initramfs has to have a copy of the
information from /etc/fstab.  This is *not* how this should be handled.  The
initramfs should take the information about the root filesystem from the
kernel commandline, and its information about /usr from /etc/fstab *on the
root filesystem once it has been mounted*.

Anything else is a wrong design.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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