Subject: Re: misc/1919: merging functionality of netstart, etc, into rc
To: Jason Downs <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Scott Reynolds <email@example.com>
Date: 01/11/1996 15:50:56
On Thu, 11 Jan 1996, Jason Downs wrote:
> *This* is the broken part of NetBSD's clean flag... Mount count might be
> easier to code, and I belive it's what most others use, but a time since
> counter would seem more useful...
It works as it was designed to work, and it doesn't cause problems; last I
checked, this qualifies as "not broken" (though one could argue "designed
improperly"). Inflammatory words aren't likely to get things changed...
It would be most useful to implement both a count and a time, and have
some way to _turn this functionality off_. My HP systems don't check
themselves at (apparently) random intervals when they get rebooted, and
quite frankly, I don't care if they do hose themselves. By the time I
might have to reload the OS, they'll probably be obsolete and on their way
back to the leasing company anyway. The same goes for my NetBSD systems;
they are cookie-cutter replicas, and if some silly little problem makes it
past the clean flag, I can get things back in working shape quickly.
Adding a forced check every so often is liable to make my blood boil from
incessant user complaints more than it's likely to save me work down the
I really like the idea of the rc.conf, btw, but I disagree that
/etc/netstart should be removed. I do occasionally find myself in
single-user mode and need to fetch a file from some other system, and
configuring the network with /etc/netstart is quite useful. (And no, Mr.
Demetriou, there is _no_ reason to have to go to init.d to do this.
That's _BIG_ overkill. ;-)