More: [1.7] packaging problem? Both /usr/bin/ and /usr/lib/ are non-empty

Christopher Faylor
Mon May 11 20:18:00 GMT 2009

On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 04:31:05PM +0200, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
>On May 11 15:55, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
>> On May 11 09:41, Christopher Faylor wrote:
>> > On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 09:32:01AM +0200, Corinna Vinschen wrote:
>> > >The idea is to convert the /usr/bin and /usr/lib mount points also to
>> > >non-changable mount points since they are supposed to point always to
>> > >/bin and /lib.
>> > >
>> > >Right now we have this somewhat fragile construct that base-cygwin must
>> > >create the /etc/fstab file first, otherwise the mount points are not in
>> > >place when later postinstall scripts access files in /usr/bin or
>> > >/usr/lib.
>> > >
>> > >It seems a more robust solution to create all three mount points in Cygwin
>> > >itself and make them readonly.
>> > >
>> > >Good? Bad? Ugly?
>> > 
>> > Thanks.  I wasn't able to read email much last week so it is nice to
>> > have a summary.
>> > 
>> > I think I now regret the fact that we (I?) made /bin and /usr/bin the
>> > same thing but I guess those cows are out of the barn.
>> > 
>> > Wasn't the proposal to allow overriding of /usr/bin and /usr/lib if
>> > someone adds them to their fstab?  I'd feel more comfortable with
>> > allowing the users control over that, I think.  I can see why root would
>> > be a special case but I don't think that /usr/bin and /usr/lib need to
>> > be quite as special.
>> Actually, the whole idea is to generate default /usr/bin and /usr/lib
>> entries.  Whether or not they are readonly is probably not as important.
>> We lived with overridable entries all the time, so I have no strong
>> opinion.  Just generating default entries seems to be a good thing.
>Uh, I forgot my own mail.  Here's the reason again why R/O entries
>might be a good thing:

I don't understand how that fstab would ever mean anything if we're not
allowing the overriding of "/".  As I said, I think that the / entry in
/etc/fstab should be ignored in favor of finding the root from where the
cygwin dll is located.  We could add a "force" option to the "/" option
in /etc/fstab if we wanted to override the default behavior.


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