what script is whacking root's files

Derek Ragona derek at computinginnovations.com
Thu Dec 4 04:30:29 PST 2008

At 01:11 AM 12/4/2008, Tim Judd wrote:
>On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 7:44 PM, Kris Kennaway <kris at freebsd.org> wrote:
> > Derek Ragona wrote:
> >
> >> I have a freshly installed 7.0 release server.  The configuration files
> >> (all dot files including .ssh  etc.) in /root keep getting deleted.  I
> >> assume this is from a script running from periodic and can be set NOT to
> >> delete these files.  Can someone point me where I need to make this 
> change.
> >>  I have already combed through the handbook and mailing list archives.
> >>
> >
> > There is no such standard script in FreeBSD.
> >
> > Kris
> >
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>I'd make sure there's not something like a tmpfs/mfs filesystem that /root
>is being used on.  If / is on a ramdisk image of any kind, on each reboot,
>it should disappear.
>Perhaps you should paste your fstab and current mounted filesystems as an
>aid to debug.

I didn't think it would be from the way the filesystems are mounted, so 
here's that information:

cat /etc/fstab
# Device                Mountpoint      FStype  Options         Dump    Pass#
/dev/da0s1b             none            swap    sw              0       0
/dev/da0s1a             /               ufs     rw              1       1
/dev/da0s1d             /usr            ufs     rw              2       2
/dev/acd0               /cdrom          cd9660  ro,noauto       0       0

/dev/da0s1a on / (ufs, local)
devfs on /dev (devfs, local)
/dev/da0s1d on /usr (ufs, local, soft-updates)

/root is on /dev/da0s1a

This particular server is running in a VM on a vmware esx 3.5 server.  The 
server runs fine, but every so often the dot files disappear for root.  I 
have not found the behavior to follow a reboot, but some period of 
time.  Hence my suspicions it was a periodic script.


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