On Tue, Apr 23, 2002 at 03:38:59AM -0700, Terry Lambert wrote:
> > > the 'original' solution is to make /etc writable is to mount a MD, then copy
> > > all
> > > /conf/default/etc to it.
> > 
> > The very original "solution" was to mount NFS / RW.  The move to
> > /conf/default/etc was someone's special needs leaking into the FreeBSD
> > repository.  If you want to special case, things be my guest -- add an
> > elif test; but leave RW NFS mounted / alone.
> This isn't just about NFS... it's also about Fash devices, which
> are only warranteed for a limited number of writes, which mounting
> R/W would really eat into, and it's for read-only media, like in
> the "ClosedBSD" and "PicoBSD" FreeBSD based firewalls, I think.

As I said Terry, change the patch to not take away RW /.
Add an elif check, add a `readonly_root' rc.conf knob, etc...
But people should stop assuming everyone wants their special needs and
local weirdness.

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