On Sat, 22 Feb 2003, Matthias Buelow wrote:

> Jan Grant writes:
> >ln -s mdmfs /sbin/mount_mfs
> Yes, that's a workaround I had in mind.
> >As I recall, mdmfs wasn't called "mount_mfs" at the time because the
> >author wasn't prepared to fight the battle he assumed (probably
> >correctly) would arise out of doing so.
> I can't see any problem there, if the mdmfs program is compatible
> with mount_mfs.  I mean, the manpage even explicitly says, "the mdmfs
> utility is designed to be a work-alike and look-alike of the
> deprecated mount_mfs(8)."  Why then the different name, especially
> with the result that it can no longer be used with fstab?  I mean,
> the old mount_mfs doesn't seem to exist anymore so there would be no
> naming conflict.

Semantics. It doesn't mount an mfs filesystem, so it shouldn't be called
mount_mfs. I personally think it's a fairly large breach of POLA - this
isn't really an argument I subscribe to either.

jan grant, ILRT, University of Bristol. http://www.ilrt.bris.ac.uk/
Tel +44(0)117 9287088 Fax +44 (0)117 9287112 http://ioctl.org/jan/
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