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SubjectRe: About /etc/mtab and /proc/mounts
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In article <3E5C8682.F5929A04@daimi.au.dk>,
Kasper Dupont <kasperd@daimi.au.dk> wrote:
>A simpler solution, that does not require changes to the kernel
>would be to just move mtab to a more apropriate location. My
>suggestion would be to change it from /etc/mtab to /mtab.d/mtab.
>Then you could mount a tmpfs filesystem on /mtab.d. Or by making
>/mtab.d a symlink, you can get the mtab file whereever you want,
>including /etc.

/dev/shm ? Supposed to be there on many systems anyway. Fix
'mount' and 'umount' so that if they see /etc/mtab is a symlink,
they follow it and create the temp files etc in the destination
directory of the link instead of in /etc. Then
ln -sf /dev/shm/mtab /etc/mtab et voila

I've been thinking of doing this for Debian.

Mike.
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