[HEADS-UP] Moving /var/run and /var/lock to tmpfs in Rawhide

Paul Howarth paul at city-fan.org
Wed Nov 24 16:33:57 UTC 2010

On 24/11/10 16:07, Paul Wouters wrote:
> On Wed, 24 Nov 2010, Petr Lautrbach wrote:
>>> - Many .spec files currently own subdirs of /var/run. These need to be
>>>     updated to %ghost those dirs only, so that the automatic removal of
>>>     these files/dirs on boot doesnt cause rpm to complain. The list of packages
>>>     which own such files/subdir you find on the aforementioned feature
>>>     page. I will mass-file bugs against these packages later tonight,
>>>     requesting the %ghosting of these entries. For more information on the
>>>     %ghost directive in .spec files see this page:
>>>     http://www.rpm.org/max-rpm-snapshot/s1-rpm-inside-files-list-directives.html#S3-RPM-INSIDE-FLIST-GHOST-DIRECTIVE
>> I think this is not needed. Files in /var/lock and /var/run are already cleaned by
>> rc.sysinit during boot process hence they should be already %ghost-ed now.
> This remark makes no sense? If they "already" needed ghosting, then the mass-file should
> be needed?

Files are directories are currently treated differently. The initscripts 
clean out files from /var/lock and /var/run but leave directories alone.

So any package containing a file in these directories should already 
have it marked as %ghost as it will already disappear at boot time.

However, most affected packages probably have directories rather than 
files here, and *those* shouldn't need %ghost-ing because re-creating 
them using a tmpfiles.d/*.conf file should be enough to keep rpm happy.


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