On Mon, 26.09.16 07:02, Marc Haber (mh+systemd-de...@zugschlus.de) wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 10:52:50AM +1300, Sergei Franco wrote:
> > The emergency mode assumes console access, which requires physical access,
> > which is quiet difficult if the machine is remote.
> It does also assume knowledge of the root password, which is in
> enterprise environments not often the case. Enterprises usually have
> root passwords stowed away in a safe, behind a three-headed guard dog,
> requiring management approval, and > 2 eyes mechanisms, and usually
> have password-changing processes attached that touch other machines
> sharign the same root password as well (for example because the root
> password hash is stamped into the golden image).
> Many enterprise environments that I know have their processes geared
> in a way that the root password is not needed in daily operation.
> Login via ssh key, privilege escalation via sudo.
> systemd requiring the root password because some tertiary file system
> doesn't mount is a nuisance for those environments.
> Some sites have resorted to adding "nofail" to all fstab lines just to
> find themselves with the next issue since the initramfs of some
> distributions doesn't know this option yet. 

"nofail" has been around as long as fstab has been around really. It's
not a systemd invention.


Lennart Poettering, Red Hat
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