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SubjectRe: ext3 clings to you like flypaper
On Mon, 17 February 2003 09:46:51 -0800, Martin J. Bligh wrote:
> >> The point remains, if I say I want ext2, I should get ext2, not whatever
> >> some random developer decides he thinks I should have. Worst of all,
> >> the system then lies to you and says it's mounted ext2 when it's not.

You appear to not have /etc/mtab as a symlink to /proc/mounts. One of
the first things I do on fresh debian installations. The kernel should
know better than some file, especially when / is mounted ro.

> > This is, how things worked for me:
> > 1. Kernel tries to mount rootfs ext3. If this fails, it will continue
> > trying ext2. No other fs compiled into kernel.
> > 2. If there is a journal, it is ext3.
> > 3. Init scripts read /etc/fstab and read ext2.
> > 4. root is remounted as ext2.
> > 5. System allows me to log it, root is ext2, life is good.
> >
> > Where is your behaviour different from this list? Where do you say you
> > want ext2 but don't get it?
> That's what I'd expect to happen ... as others have pointed out, it may
> be a distro issue ... do you have the snippet of the init scrips that
> do the remount as ext2 to hand? Maybe debian is just broken ...

My broken memory tells me that Debian is working quite fine. The code
in question should be in /etc/init.d/ in your system.

But my eye does not find the spot, where / is remounted with a
different type. This is strange! I've often been surprised that adding
a journal and putting ext3 support in the kernel without editing
/etc/fstab was not enough.

I should test it again to prove my eye wrong.


With a PC, I always felt limited by the software available. On Unix,
I am limited only by my knowledge.
-- Peter J. Schoenster
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