Re: Workstation Maintainance?
Ralf Gesel|ensetter schrieb:
this is about possible improvements for maintaining skolelinux work
stations. Just another set of ideas - please comment if it makes sense
and is feasible:
At the moment I hesitate installing an entire lab with slx workstations
- not (only) because of woody, but rather because of its maintainance.
As write access should mainly go to NFS mounted home directory, isn't it
possible to mount local drives (except swap) r/o ? This could save
forced fsck after crude power offs - and prolongue the system' live
until re-install, too (easily done from CD if there is no dual boot
To have a better syncing: how about mounting /etc/apt if not /etc from
tjener:/skole/workstation/etc or the like? Alternatively some "pull"
script could load recent stuff from some space on tjener (rsync or
The definitions, which part of the filesystem must be mounted
read/write, read only, local or via network, shared for different
operating systems or os-specific, etc. are written down in the
Filesystem Hierarchy Standard
e.g., You must not mount /etc via NFS, and it must be an individual
directory for each computer, because of the configuration files for the
So if you want to share a directory like /usr/ via multiple machines
with slightly different hardware, you have to do all configurations
within /etc/ by hand on each computer instead of letting the package
manager do this work.
Therefore a solution with cfengine (and shared apt-config files) is much
Of course a remounting some of the local disks to read-only should be