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Re: mount -f regression in v2.21's new-mount

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On Fri, Mar 09, 2012 at 04:30:02AM -0700, Matthew Burgess wrote:
> On Fri, 9 Mar 2012 11:53:04 +0100, Karel Zak <kzak@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On Thu, Mar 08, 2012 at 08:25:00PM +0000, Matt Burgess wrote:
> >> I've attached LIBMOUNT_DEBUG output from the 'mount -a' call that our
> >> bootscript does.  Note how mount correctly detects that /proc, /sys
> > 
> >  No, it calls mount(2) syscall for /proc. The problem is that the
> >  detection code expects /proc/self/mountinfo (used on systems with
> >  mtab -> /proc/mounts symlink), but your system uses regular mtab.
> > 
> >  I'll fix it. Thanks.

 Fixed, try git pull.

> Thanks!  Is there a consensus opinion on whether users should be
> using a regular mtab or a symlink to /proc/self/mountinfo?

 - disadvantage is that some userspace utils (e.g. df(1) are not able
   to de-duplicate list of mounted filesystem (bind mounts))

 + advantage is that there is only one list of mounted filesystems
   with always valid mount options (on systems with mtab is not problem
   to have 'rw' in mtab for read-only NFS, etc.), no problems with
   namespaces, not writable files in /etc, no mtab lock, etc.

 The symlink is required for systemd.

    Karel

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