[Pkg-sysvinit-devel] Re: Early writable filesystem

Henrique de Moraes Holschuh hmh at debian.org
Wed Jan 11 15:07:36 UTC 2006

On Tue, 10 Jan 2006, Thomas Hood wrote:
>   * Mount /var/run and /var/lock as tmpfs to avoid race conditions with
>     needing writable places during boot, we'll ensure anything needing a
>     subdir doesn't assume that it exists first.
>   * Make sure that we don't clobber those mounts if we /var is a separate
>     filesystem
> Despite what is written here, I don't see any code that preserves /var/run
> if /var is mounted by mountnfs.  Also, what motivates an early writable
> filesystem is not a "race condition"; so it is questionable whether the
> Ubuntu developer has fully understood the issue.  Of course, Ubuntu still
> gains one thing: /var/run and /var/lock no longer have to be cleaned.

Hah, but now they have to fix all initscripts that do not take that into
account.  Not a wise move to take by themselves, as we are clearly going to
go that way too sooner or later.

> Also, they have introduced a new initscript called "mtab", split out of mountvirtfs,
> which just updates the mtab file.
> I am not intending to backport these changes.


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  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
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  Henrique Holschuh

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