[Pkg-sysvinit-devel] `mount -o loop' runs out of loop devices

Dmitry Maksyoma ledestin at gmail.com
Tue Jun 23 14:42:04 UTC 2009

On Sun, Jun 21, 2009 at 01:49:14PM +0100, Roger Leigh wrote:
> I get the same loopback release with /etc/mtab as a regular file.
> This may be due to the new kernel or new util-linux in unstable,
> but it is now freeing the loop devices correctly.  It must be in
> the new util-linux, because it's putting the loop device, rather
> than the loopback filename, as the source in /etc/mtab such that
> it always matches /proc/mounts.  Previously they differed, and
> this resulted in the loop device not being freed when the loop
> device was used.  This is no longer the case.  (I'm not familiar
> with the util-linux source, but I can't actually see this change
> and it /looks/ like it uses the old behaviour, but this may be
> just a special case for certain use cases.  The observed
> behaviour is what we want though!)
> Dmitry, can you confirm this on your system?  Your bug report
> shows you are using stable; do you have a system running
> unstable you can check on (or if anyone else can check this as
> I have above?)


I've checked in squeeze using 2.6.26 kernel with /etc/mtab linked to
/proc/mounts and the loop device is freed according to losetup -a.

/Dmitry <ledestin at gmail.com>

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