bin/149424: fstab and labels with whitespace

Oliver Fromme olli at
Tue Aug 17 20:40:08 UTC 2010

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

From: Oliver Fromme <olli at>
To: walter 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 22:34:14 +0200 (CEST)

 Walter C. Pelissero wrote:
  > Oliver Fromme writes:
  > > What prevents you from labelling a disk 'backup\500GB'?
  > Besides some remorse about the uninspired name, nothing keeps you from
  > that.  Are you also going to boot from that volume?  Because that is
  > what you were arguing just before.  So, if you aren't, your argument
  > about rendering systems unbootable is moot.
 You don't have to "boot from it".  It's sufficient to have
 an entry in /etc/fstab that doesn't have "noauto" or "xx".
 I do have a /backup entry in /etc/fstab on one of my boxes
 that uses a label for mounting.  This particular one does
 not have backslash in it, but it could well have one.  (Why
 not?  A backslash is not special in file names.)  And *if*
 it had one, then that box would *not* boot anymore with
 the patch in this PR applied.
 If you don't believe that, I suggest you try it.  I'm not
 going to reply to the rest of your statements which seem
 to be based on wrong assumptions.
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