Tim Judd <gmail.com!taj...@agora.rdrop.com> wrote: > On Thu, 2009-02-19 at 23:48 -0800, per...@pluto.rain.com wrote: > > > I did consider running it off a straight cd, but I alter my routes > > > enough through various tunnels I have established that this would > > > be a pain. (i.e. updating vtund configs) ... > > > > System on CD, reading config from floppy? > > I've tried this, in my own mix > due to rcorder, an external /etc filesystem is not read NOR mounted in > time to be read. When I did it and tried to bring it up ASAP, the > system failed to read hostname variable in the external /etc filesystem. > > I haven't yet, and probably won't try -- to rewrite the /etc/rc startup > to allow it. And I think it's because /etc/rc sources /etc/rc.conf even > before it runs.... So how can I start rc and get the > external /etc/rc.conf read before rc starts? > > I'd like to know, if it's possible.
There's no way to mount /etc AFAIK, because parts of it are needed too soon: /etc/fstab if nothing else. However, I had gotten the impression that the only frequently-changing part of the config in question involved vtund. Rather than trying to do the mount early, I was thinking of starting vtund later than usual -- perhaps by making it depend on the completion of "mount -a" -- and having it read its config from a file on the mounted floppy. If vtund has to start sooner than that, an alternate approach might be to have vtund read its config from the /dev/fd0 device itself, rather than from a filesystem mounted on /dev/fd0 (having prepared the floppy ahead of time by something like "dd if=/path/to/vtund/config/file of=/dev/fd0"). Yet another approach would be to have boot and root (and thus /etc) on floppy, but /usr on CD. Tweaking things so that /usr can be read-only dates back at least as far as SunOS 4.0. _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"