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

Paul Wouters paul at xelerance.com
Mon Nov 29 17:21:08 UTC 2010

On Wed, 24 Nov 2010, Toshio Kuratomi wrote:

>>> And when are the files and dirs created? Only when the system is
>>> booted?
>> Yes.
>>> But then after installing an package that requires files to be created
>>> by tmpfiles.d the system needs to be rebooted before it can be used. Or
>>> will rpm call something that parses the appropriate tmpfiles.d file when
>>> the package is installed / updated?
>> Hmm, it has been suggested that we should make it possible to create
>> these dirs in the .spec files by invoking the systemd-tmpfiles tool
>> directly from the scriptlets. I guess we should add a nice interface for
>> that. In the meantime it should be sufficient to simply place th right
>> "mkdir -p -m ..." in the scriptlet. Of course it would be desirable if
>> we have a single place where the dirs to create are encoded.
> A question I'd have when looking over a proposed packaging guideline would
> be: why %ghost the directories?  Why not include the directories as normal
> but add the tmpfiles.d step in addition?

So with all of this, as a package maintainer, I will have to make sure the
dirs exist in the init scripts anyway. In which case one can wonder why
bothering with tmpfiles.d files (or %ghost). Just to cleanup a volatile directory in
case a package is uninstalled after start?


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