[PATCH] user_friendly_names risks

Ritesh Raj Sarraf rrs at researchut.com
Thu Apr 9 20:22:27 UTC 2009

Hi Guido,

On Thursday 09 Apr 2009 12:57:43 you wrote:
> I fully agree that there are possible problems but without leaving a
> choise in d-i (since it doesn't support labeled mounts or mounts by uuid
> yet) we shouldn't highly discourage the default installation method.
> The bindings file is being updated automatically by the initramfs-hook
> which leaves us mostly with the locking problem. RedHat worked around
> this by pushing the bindings file timeout to 30 seconds:
>  https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=445268
> We could do the same if it really hits people.
> Maybe putting an explanation how to switch to labeled mounts from
> user_friendly_names=yes would help?

Yeah!! Just checked. Dave's increased it to 30 secs.

Like d-i, anaconda also has the same problem. The default installation of 
anaconda uses friendly_names. So the user is stuck, at least for the root LUN.

I'll reword and send the patch because I think this needs be documented. And 
also because referring the LUNs by their 128bit UID is the most hassle free 
and persistent way. And that covers raw LUNs also.

Ritesh Raj Sarraf
RESEARCHUT - http://www.researchut.com
"Necessity is the mother of invention."

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