[ILUG] apt-cdrom q
Paul J Collins
sneakums at zork.net
Tue Mar 20 16:12:54 GMT 2001
>>>>> "RM" == Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> writes:
RM> begin Paul J Collins quotation:
>> The reason Debian uses /cdrom is that the FHS, which Debian tries to
>> adhere to, specifies that /mnt itself is to be used as a mount point.
RM> I'm not sure I buy your premise.
RM> http://www.pathname.com/fhs/2.1/fhs-3.7.html includes: "This
RM> directory is provided so that the system administrator may
RM> temporarily mount filesystems as needed. The content of this
RM> directory is a local issue...." I see nothing there that
RM> precludes having mount directories within mnt, and putting
RM> /mnt/cdrom there.
RM> On the other fin, http://www.pathname.com/fhs/2.1/fhs-3.html
RM> makes crystal-clear that "introducing a new subdirectory of
RM> the root filesystem is prohibited" beyond the following:
RM> It seems to me that Debian persists in using /cdrom and /floppy
RM> _despite_ the FHS.
I think they're caught between a rock and a hard place here; section
3.7 of the FHS you quote above describes /mnt as "Mount point for
mounting a filesystem temporarily". My reading of that is that
temporary mounts are to be made directly on /mnt, leaving no option to
create /mnt/cdrom, /mnt/floppy and so on. I guess rather than screw
up something that has expected behaviour, they decided to add
something that has no expected behaviour. There may have also been
precedent in previous Debian releases; I'm only familiar with potato.
FHS 2.2-beta reiterates that /mnt is a mount-point and adds provision
for a /media directory, which is to contains mount-points for
removable media: /media/cdrom, /mdeia/dvd and so on.
http://www.pathname.com/fhs/2.2-beta/fhs-2.2-beta.txt (line 885)
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