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SubjectRe: [PATCH] init: fix name of root device in /proc/mounts
The difference is that it used to be customary to have a /dev/root symlink; iirc udev created one.  Devtmpfs does not (for largely valid reasons, but it does break some userspaces.)

Rob Landley <> wrote:

>On 01/31/2013 05:22:09 PM, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>> On 01/31/2013 02:51 PM, William Hubbs wrote:
>> > On a system that does not use an initramfs, /dev/root was always
>> > listed in /proc/mounts. This breaks software which scans
>> /proc/mounts to
>> > determine which file systems are mounted since /dev/root is not a
>> valid
>> > device name.
>> >
>> > This changes that processing so that "/dev/root" is only added to
>> > /proc/mounts if a root device is not specified with the root=
>> option on
>> > the kernel command line.
>> >
>> > Signed-off-by: William Hubbs <>
>> Let me also point out that most of the time, the kernel actually has
>> udev device name for an actual device...
>So your software is broken by overmounts? /dev/root is just one example
>of this. (And you can specify a root= on the kernel command line and
>have that be parsed by initramfs. I vaguely recall klibc does this...)
>For an example of how to parse this stuff, how about:
>I.E. parse from the end of the list (most recent match is the
>overmount), and eliminate synthetic filesystems. Note that code is from
>2006, other people have managed to cope all this time...

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