improvement to the book

James Iwanek chthon at chthon-uk.com
Fri Jan 31 05:33:51 PST 2003


Ronald Hummelink wrote:

> On Thu, 2003-01-30 at 08:58, Greg Schafer wrote:
>> On Wed, Jan 29, 2003 at 07:47:04PM +0000, James Iwanek wrote:
>> > did anybody know that you can put the line:
>> > 
>> > rootfs                      /           rootfs     defaults    1      
>> > 1
>> > 
>> > into your fstab instead of the usual:
>> > 
>> > /dev/hd*                    /           ext3       defaults    1      
>> > 1
>> > 
>> > so you can move your hdd to any interface and STILL have it boot with
>> > only a single change to your lilo command line.
>> > 
>> > i think this may be in interesting improvement to the book and its also
>> > one less place that a system will fall-over on its face if
>> > misconfigured ;-)
>> > 
>> > what does everybody else think?
>> 
>> Where exactly is this documented?
> 
> I booted my system several times with improper root filesystem fstab
> lines. they only real problem i can think of is fsck may not go the
> right way (which doesn't matter on reiserfs anyway) ?
> 
> on devfs + devfsd you have a symlink /dev/root .. now that makes things
> easy ;)
> 
>> 
>> Greg
> 

naa - it seems to work with and with out devfs on my 2.4.20 system - dont
remember where its documented - think i found it by accident ;-)

btw even with devfs i dont use devfsd i use devfs=mount

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Jay

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