bin/149424: fstab and labels with whitespace

Walter C. Pelissero walter at
Tue Aug 17 13:20:04 UTC 2010

The following reply was made to PR conf/149424; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: walter at (Walter C. Pelissero)
To: Oliver Fromme <olli at>
Cc: freebsd-bugs at FreeBSD.ORG, bug-followup at FreeBSD.ORG
Subject: Re: bin/149424: fstab and labels with whitespace
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2010 15:09:23 +0200

 Oliver Fromme writes:
  > The problem with this patch is that it breaks backwards-
  > compatibility.  Some people might already use backslashes
 As far as I remember, the patch I proposed allowed a double backslash
 ('\\') to mean a single backslash ('\').
  > in /etc/fstab, for whatever reason.  This change would
  > make them rather unhappy, I'm afraid.
 Being unhappy for having to change a couple of entries in fstab is not
 nearly as bad as not being able to insert an entry altogether.
  > One way to circumvent the problem would be to use glabel(8)
 Yes, or mlabel(1).  Although reformatting (and, thus, relabelling) is
 common on devices such as digital camera; it saves time compared to
 deleting everything.
 walter pelissero

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