reload rc.conf during boot process
keramida at ceid.upatras.gr
Tue Sep 21 06:25:03 PDT 2004
On 2004-09-21 14:18, Markie <mark.cullen at dsl.pipex.com> wrote:
> "Giorgos Keramidas" <keramida at ceid.upatras.gr> wrote:
> | > After running my program in the rc.d mount script I then did a
> | >
> | > . /etc/rc.conf
> | >
> | > but rc.conf doesn't get reloaded.
> | The /etc/rc script is a ``driver script'' that loads rc.conf before teh
> | mount script has a chance to run. Even if you reload rc.conf in the
> | mountd script this cannot affect the parent process that runs /etc/rc.
> Oh I think I see what you're saying, it's kind of like variable scope,
> right? When I do . /etc/rc.conf in mountcritlocal that's loading the file,
> but only for that script? It's not actually replacing the variables at all,
They're environment variables and that's how environment variables work in
UNIX. Environment variables can be changed in a process and this will affect
all the processes spawned off by the one with the changed environment but it
won't affect processes higher up the hierarchy.
The `/etc/rc' script starts `/etc/rc.d/mountd' after setting some of these
variables (by running . /etc/rc.conf as usual). The mountd process inherits
the environment of /etc/rc and can make changes to its environment as much as
it wants. The changes don't affect the parent process (the /etc/rc
> I saw load_rc_config 'XXX' in early.sh or something, just a minute ago!
> Does the XXX do anything?
Not much. It's just a placeholder to shuttup the checks near the beginning of
`load_rc_config'. Passing an invalid `command name' to load_rc_config lets us
load /etc/rc.conf and any other config file listed in "$source_rc_confs"
without having to re-invent load_rc_config every time.
> I don't actually have rc.conf.d either, as far as I can tell?
This shouldn't be a problem. Don't worry about it.
> My idea was so I could try out FreeBSD on my laptop and keep it usable on
> the University network, [...]
Yeah, I figured it was something of this sort :)
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