How customized can an mfsroot be?

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Wed Apr 7 11:38:26 UTC 2010

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On 07/04/2010 12:09:56, Peter Steele wrote:
>> Can you write a few shell scripts? You'ld need to create a tarball 
>> of the /var contents you need on the box, and explode it onto /var
>> at boot time -- if you're using auto-var on MFS all the time, 
>> you'll need to set that up to happen on every reboot.

> Obviously I can do that. What I was really asking was if there was a
> BSD option to do this automatically. I don't want to needlessly bloat
> the image if I can avoid it since this is to become a downloadable iso.

There is no pre-canned method to copy data into /var.  The closest thing
is /etc/rc.d/var which creates a skeleton directory tree.  This is
designed for diskless usage -- if you look at the script, it's pretty
easy to see it doesn't have much in the way of customization hooks.
Basically you get what's recorded in the mtree files: BSD.var.dist and
(optionally) BSD.sendmail.dist

Like I said, you're going to have to script it yourself.



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