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Re: bin/56249: ``dump -[Ww]'' exits on missing NAME=label

The following reply was made to PR bin/56249; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Paul Goyette <>
Subject: Re: bin/56249: ``dump -[Ww]'' exits on missing NAME=label
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2022 08:29:10 -0800 (PST)

 This doesn't seem to be specific to dump(8), but rather it is an
 artifact of the way we're handling the NAME= stuff in fstab.
 In particular, if the device containing the named partition isn't
 currently attached, the translation fails, and it seems that most
 consumers treat this as a fatal error.  In contrast, when a
 "legacy" partition spec refers to a currently-not-present device
 the condition is silently ignored.
 It would be much more useful if the NAME= translation failure
 would be silently ignored.  This would allow for better handling
 of removable GPT-format devices.
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