[arch-general] Mounting /var early in systemd

Paul Gideon Dann pdgiddie at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 10:36:29 EST 2012

Hello all,

I'm migrating a diskless cluster from initscripts to systemd.  The problem I 
have is that the nodes each need to mount their own separate /var (identified 
by hostname) from the NFS server when they boot.

With initscripts, I used a sysinit_end hook to do the job, which worked pretty 
well.  However, with systemd I've really hit a brick wall.  I can't get the 
unit to start early enough, because systemd creates so many sockets (in /var) 
so early, and there's no target that is ordered before the socket units are 
started.  This means that the early sockets get masked when the "real" /var is 
mounted, and things break.

I think the only solution with systemd is to explicitly specify each socket in 
"Before=" for my unit, which is likely to break if anything changes in future.  
It might also be possible to create a generator that automates this, but 
that's still pretty ugly.

Right now, I'm thinking the only sensible solution is to forget doing it with 
systemd and push the mounting of /var up into initcpio, but that's admitting 

Any ideas?

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