bin/149424: fstab and labels with whitespace

Walter C. Pelissero walter at
Wed Aug 18 08:40:09 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: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 10:35:27 +0200

 Oliver Fromme writes:
  > 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".
 which is implied by:
  "It seems to be unlikely there are systems out there relying on a
   boot-time mounted filesystem whose device path (or label) contains a
   backslash.  Certainly not a great deal of those."
 therefore: after the patch the vast majority will still be able to
 boot without problems, mend their fstab, if they need to, and proceed
 with their normal life.
 Anyhow, thank you again for your acute contribution.
  > 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.
 Is the Oktoberfest already on?
 The only wrong assumption is that you might be sober one day.
 walter pelissero

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