[arch-dev-public] [ANNOUNCE] filesystem-2011.12 manual intervention required

Dave Reisner d at falconindy.com
Mon Dec 19 12:38:11 EST 2011

On Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 05:57:51PM +0100, Tom Gundersen wrote:
> Hi guys,
> We are finalizing the move to libmonut based mount, paving the way for
> read-only root, by moving /etc/mtab into the filesystem package. This
> used to be a dynamic file generated at boot and updated at runtime,
> but as of the last initscripts package it was simply a symlink to
> /proc/self/mounts.
> This symlink was created at boot (at the same place the old mtab was
> generated), but this turned out to cause a few problems.
> Sadly, moving the symlink to 'filesystem' requires user intervention,
> which I will write a news item about. The essential message will be:
> "Please upgrade the filesystem package using 'pacman -Sf filesystem'
> in order to overwrite /etc/mtab."

I'd prefer to ask people to rm /etc/mtab and -Su, rather than advertise
-f (which has been removed in pacman-git, leaving only --force).

> Please test and signoff, as I'd like to make the move to core rather quickly.
> Cheers,
> Tom
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