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Re: init scripts don't fsck extra partitions

From: Samuel Thibault
Subject: Re: init scripts don't fsck extra partitions
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2005 22:58:03 +0100
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Thinking twice about this bug[1]: do we need a /etc/fstab file at all?
For now, it is only used for:

- 1: knowing which partition to use as swap,
- 2: knowing which fs need checking (this was the purpose of the
- and not for 3: knowing what to mount where.

1 could probably be set another more translator-like way.
And there is a duplicate here: 2 and 3 are usually the same information.

I'd rather see /etc/fstab just got ridden of, and e2fsck run by
/hurd/ext2fs itself upon startup (if necessary).

Some advantage of this would be for instance to let the machine boot and
administrator login while /home is still being checked [imagine more
examples here]...  The fs could even be already mounted r/o while being
checked (and ext2fs restarted if e2fsck made really big changes (nice
equivalent to "please reboot" message on linux boxes)).

What do people think about this?

[1]: http://bugs.debian.org/144545

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