Re: Very simple patch for 'make zlilo'

Jim Lynch (
Sun, 2 Jul 1995 14:53:39 -0700 (PDT)

On 2 Jul 1995, Kai Henningsen wrote:

> wrote on 01.07.95 in <Pine.3.89.9507010629.A7378-0100000@netcom2>:
> > As I recall, the reason for initially mounting the root filesystem read-only
> > is so that fsck can check the root fs. My vote on this would be to go for
> > the configuration option, and its default should be read-write, so as to try
> > not to break existing /etc/rc.d files.
> Hmm. How many existing /etc/rc.d files rely on a r/w mount of root? I'd
> guess it's a really, really low number; and it's really old installations
> - as far as I know, no remotely current distribution does this. I'd guess
> 1% or less. Besides, all of these will have trouble with fsck'ing the root
> fs.
> On the other hand, lots of /etc/rc.d/ files rely on a r/o mount of root.
> I'd say a default of r/o breaks a lot fewer systems than the current
> situation does for systems relying on the flag in the kernel instead of
> lilo.
> MfG Kai

In that case, my vote would change to having a configuration option for
this, with the default being set to initially mount read-only.

-Jim Lynch aka enOne (