Subject: bin/6571: If lkm=NO in /etc/rc.conf, /usr doesn't mount early enough for $ppp_peers to be used
To: None <>
From: Jim Wise <>
List: netbsd-bugs
Date: 12/12/1998 18:03:21
>Number:         6571
>Category:       bin
>Synopsis:       If lkm=NO in /etc/rc.conf, /usr doesn't mount early enough for $ppp_peers to be used
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    bin-bug-people (Utility Bug People)
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Sat Dec 12 15:20:01 1998
>Originator:     Jim Wise
				Jim Wise
>Release:        NetBSD-currenta of 1998-12-12
System: NetBSD 1.3I NetBSD 1.3I (ARNOR) #13: Sat Dec 12 05:41:36 EST 1998 i386

	/etc/rc.conf contains a variable $ppp_peers, which can be used to
	list hosts from /etc/ppp/peers to dial on startup (from /etc/netstart).
	This fails in actual practice, however, as pppd is in /usr/sbin, but
	/usr has not been mounted yet when netstart is run.  This may be hidden
	for users using LKM's, as /usr _is_ mounted before netstart iff $lkm
	is YES in /etc/rc.conf and /etc/lkm.conf exists.

	This is sort of a double bind, as /usr should be mounted after netstart
	is run if it is NFS mounted, but is needed for netstart to succedd if
	ppp_peers is set.

	in /etc/rc.conf set lkm=NO, and set ppp_peers to the name(s) of one or
	more hosts from /etc/ppp/peers.
	Not sure.  Perhaps pppd should be in /sbin, which would allow the pathlogical
	behavior of mounting /usr over ppp.  Otherwise, $ppp_peers should be handled
	in /etc/rc, after /etc/netstart has been run, although this breaks the seperation
	of netwroking code into /etc/netstart.