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Re: debian-user-digest Digest V101 #704

on Fri, May 25, 2001 at 10:32:45AM +0200, andrea gelmini (andrea.gelmini@linux.it) wrote:
> On Thu, May 24, 2001 at 01:32:09PM -0700, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> > state through a filesystem-like interface.  /proc/mounts **IS** the
> > definitive state of your system.
> > 
> >     cat /proc/mounts > /etc/mtab
> it's good to link /etc/mtab to /proc/mounts.

Not necessarially.

If you're in the habit of using RAM or loopback devices, use of the
symlink method won't free the device resource.  For most people, this 
means that after some finite number of mount/umount operations (4-16 for
RAM, 8 for loopback), there are no more free device files for the next

Keeping /etc/mtab separate, but manually syncing it if it gets out of
step with reality, seems to work better.

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