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SubjectRe: devfs mounted twice in linux 2.4.19-pre3
  Hi, Al. What is the intended behaviour of MNT_DETACH
wrt. /proc/mounts? It appears that detaching a FS leaves behind an
apparently stale entry in /proc/mounts. Is this intentional?

This question came up after the following exchange:

I wrote:
> Felix Braun writes:
> > Hi Richard,
> >
> > I just noticed that devfs is listed twice in /proc/mounts in linux
> > 2.4.19-pre3, which confuses my shutdown script. Under 2.4.19-pre my
> > /proc/mounts looks like this:
> >
> > devfs /dev devfs rw 0 0
> > /dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/part5 / reiserfs rw 0 0
> > none /dev devfs rw 0 0
> > /proc /proc proc rw 0 0
> > /dev/discs/disc0/part1 /dos vfat rw 0 0
> > /dev/discs/disc0/part9 /opt reiserfs rw,noatime 0 0
> > none /dev/pts devpts rw 0 0
> > /dev/discs/disc0/part7 /usr reiserfs rw 0 0
> > none /dev/shm tmpfs rw 0 0
> >
> > whereas under 2.4.18 the first line didn't show up. Is that a
> > misconfiguration on my part?
>
> No, this is due to a change in the kernel (presumably done by Al).
> What seems to be happening is that the kernel temporarily mounts devfs
> and then detaches it again using MNT_DETACH (actually, you need
> 2.4.19-pre3-ac2 to get the fix that adds MNT_DETACH). However,
> detached filesystems still appear to be listed in /proc/mounts.
> Arguably, this is incorrect.
>
> If you were to reboot single-user, and with devfs=nomount, inspection
> of /proc/mounts would show the line:
> devfs /dev devfs rw 0 0
>
> However, if you listed /dev, you would see that it doesn't actually
> contain a devfs. Thus, /proc/mounts is deceiving you.
>
> Al: what is the intended behaviour of MNT_DETACH wrt. /proc/mounts?

Regards,

Richard....
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