conf/72927: Undefined variable used in /etc/rc.d/root

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Wed Oct 20 09:30:32 PDT 2004

The following reply was made to PR conf/72927; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Giorgos Keramidas <keramida at>
To: Ralf Wenk <RZ-FreeBSD1004 at>
Cc: bug-followup at
Subject: Re: conf/72927: Undefined variable used in /etc/rc.d/root
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 19:23:23 +0300

 On 2004-10-20 17:50, Ralf Wenk <RZ-FreeBSD1004 at> wrote:
 > The root_rw_mount variable which is evaluated in /etc/rc.d/root is,
 > even in the case of a diskless boot, undefined. This causes a diskless
 > boot with a read only root filesystem to fail.
 > >How-To-Repeat:
 > Try a diskless boot with readonly root filesystem or search for another
 > occurence of root_rw_mount in the source other than /usr/src/etc/rc.d/root.
 > >Fix:
 > Until there is a better solution, like the detection of a read only root
 > filesystem in "the right place", add root_rw_mount="YES" to /etc/rc.conf.
 How about setting this in /etc/defaults/rc.conf to "YES" and documenting
 it in rc.conf(5) for people using a diskless setup?  Does the following
 look ok to you?
 Index: etc/defaults/rc.conf
 RCS file: /home/ncvs/src/etc/defaults/rc.conf,v
 retrieving revision 1.225
 diff -u -u -r1.225 rc.conf
 --- etc/defaults/rc.conf	13 Oct 2004 07:12:14 -0000	1.225
 +++ etc/defaults/rc.conf	20 Oct 2004 16:13:29 -0000
 @@ -55,6 +55,7 @@
  gbde_swap_enable="NO"	# Set to YES to automatically initialize gbde swap
  			# devices listed in fstab with a random one-shot key
 +root_rw_mount="YES"	# Set to NO to inhibit remounting root read-write.
  fsck_y_enable="NO"	# Set to YES to do fsck -y if the initial preen fails.
  background_fsck="YES"	# Attempt to run fsck in the background where possible.
  background_fsck_delay="60" # Time to wait (seconds) before starting the fsck.
 Index: share/man/man5/rc.conf.5
 RCS file: /home/ncvs/src/share/man/man5/rc.conf.5,v
 retrieving revision 1.228
 diff -u -u -r1.228 rc.conf.5
 --- share/man/man5/rc.conf.5	17 Oct 2004 13:19:10 -0000	1.228
 +++ share/man/man5/rc.conf.5	20 Oct 2004 16:19:51 -0000
 @@ -1093,6 +1093,17 @@
  .Pa /etc/fstab
  will be initialized with a random, one-shot key.
  Note that this makes recovery of kernel dumps impossible.
 +.It Va root_rw_mount
 +.Pq Vt bool
 +If set to
 +.Dq Li YES ,
 +the root file system is remounted as read-write after the filesystems
 +are checked.
 +Diskless systems that mount their filesystem from a read-only remote
 +NFS share should set this to
 +.Dq Li NO
 +in their
 +.Pa rc.conf .
  .It Va fsck_y_enable
  .Pq Vt bool
  If set to

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