Subject: Re: /etc/daily and /scratch
To: Darren Reed <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Greg A. Woods <email@example.com>
Date: 03/25/1996 12:44:53
[ On Sat, March 23, 1996 at 02:40:11 (+1000), Darren Reed wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: /etc/daily and /scratch
> I prefer to think of /scratch not being backed up but persisting across
> reboots. Most other sites I know of which support a "/scratch" have used
> this philosophy.
NetBSD philosophy (or at least that of one tiny script) seems to
disagree with you and treats /scratch in an identical manner to /tmp.
> I should remind you, /scratch _WASN'T LOCAL_ - it was NFS mounted!
On this point we can certainly agree. I would normally consider
/scratch to be storage which could be shared, and as thus only the
server should be cleaning it on a regular basis.
On the other hand, for diskless machines, cleaning /tmp when it's an NFS
mount point is still a general requirement, so you could argue that for
the general case /scratch should maybe be treated the same.
Personally I'd like to see both /scratch and /etc/daily (and any other
similar scripts) documented somewhere. If I find the time I'll attempt
to write and send-pr some manual pages....
> As far as I'm concerned, NetBSD should _NOT_ have touched it.
It's a tiny change to one small script to fix it! ;-)
Sorry, but hindsight is indeed much better, eh? Documentation would
indeed help reduce the surprise factor and the need for hindsight.
Greg A. Woods
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