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bug#10363: /etc/mtab -> /proc/mounts symlink affects df(1) output for

From: Goswin von Brederlow
Subject: bug#10363: /etc/mtab -> /proc/mounts symlink affects df(1) output for
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:57:22 +0100
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Paul Eggert <address@hidden> writes:

> On 01/18/12 06:25, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
>> What df should do is automatically skip the entries that are obscured or
>> generally inaccessible.
> Isn't this missing some of the larger context?  df is just doing what
> lots of other programs do: finding out what file systems one has,
> and reporting statistics on them.  It sounds suboptimal to require
> the maintainers of all these programs (coreutils, nautilus, etc.)
> to rewrite their apps to deal with obscured entries.  Surely it would
> be better to have the kernel ordinarily return just the ordinary entries,
> and to return obscured entries only when they are specially requested.
> That way, this issue would be isolated to the few bits of code that really
> want to see obscured entries.

+1. Kernel knows best anyway.


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