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Re: symlinks to /etc/passwd?
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Subject: Re: symlinks to /etc/passwd?
- From: Jeff Licquia <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2000 01:24:44 -0600
- In-Reply-To: <Pine.LNX.3.96.1000131205900.1133Afirstname.lastname@example.org>; from email@example.com on Mon, Jan 31, 2000 at 08:59:58PM -0600
- Organization: Linux Users of Central Illinois
- References: <Pine.LNX.3.96.1000131205900.1133Afirstname.lastname@example.org>
- Reply-To: email@example.com
- Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org
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On Mon, Jan 31, 2000 at 08:59:58PM -0600, email@example.com wrote:
> Is it possible or plausible to use symlinks to /etc/passwd, and
> /etc/shadow so that I am able to keep these files on a phsically seperate
> drive than where /etc is mounted?
This is not terribly safe. I haven't tried to boot a system without
an /etc/passwd (at least, not recently), and I don't know what impact
that would have on even an emergency boot should you lose the disk
where the files really are.
Additionally, if you use a system that's managed by a package manager,
you'd likely have problems with the package manager removing and
resetting your symlinks.
Finally, you might find yourself in a bit of a race condition at boot
time, where the system may be doing things before the drive where the
files are located gets mounted.
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