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Re: PROPOSAL for FHS revised : Mount points for CDs, floppies and a lien OS partitions.]

On 30 Jun 2000, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:

> Dale Scheetz <dwarf@polaris.net> writes:
> > And I was suggesting none of that. Existing practice in Debian (and
> > something similar is done in all other "installers" I have seen) is to use
> > /var/lib/dpkg/methods/mnt as the temporary mount point for a CD
> > installation. The CD is only mounted when needed by dselect, which allows
> > newer multi-CD installation methods to swap CDs during installation.
> > 
> > I was suggesting that something like: 
> > 
> > /var/lib/<package/vendor name>/<some mount point>/
> > 
> > would make a suitable temporary mount point for third party software, as
> > it seems to be used now as the method for distros to do volatile mounts.
> > 
> > Is there some reason you have yet to voice that makes this a bad answer
> > to the question?
> Third party software which wants to make files for its own temporary
> use is supposed to use /tmp.

While I see your point, I don't think that files are quite the same thing
as mount points. I understand that both make use of filesystem nodes, but
they are each quite different.

> So I would suggest that programs should created directories in /tmp,
> and mount there.
Now we seem to be getting back into "design mode", which we said we didn't
want to do.

Your suggestion seems to be asking for a change in current practice, as
many distro's package managers already use /var/lib/<something>/ for their
temporary/volatile mount points. Would your idea of specifying
/tmp/<something> require that these packages move there mount points to
/tmp? Why would this be a good idea?



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