Bug 145355 - Man pages for fstab and fstab-sync in conflict.
Man pages for fstab and fstab-sync in conflict.
Status: CLOSED RAWHIDE
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: util-linux (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Karel Zak
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2005-01-17 13:42 EST by Garrett Schure
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-04-04 09:04:36 EDT
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Description Garrett Schure 2005-01-17 13:42:17 EST
Description of problem:

The man pages for fstab and fstab-sync contain information that
is in conflict. 

The man page for fstab says this:

  fstab is only read by programs, and not written; it  is  the duty
  of the system administrator to properly create and maintain this
  file.

The man page for fstab-sync says this:
 
  This program serves one major purpose: Update the file  systems
  table file /etc/fstab

That is, fstab-sync does something that the man page for fstab
says is never done: it is a program that writes /etc/fstab.

Either 

1. fstab-sync is terribly terribly wrong in what it does and how it
operates, or

2. The man page for fstab has become out of date.
Comment 1 David Zeuthen 2005-01-20 14:06:46 EST
I'm pretty sure that the fstab man page is out of date and what
fstab-sync is doing (and what updfstab used to do) is not totally
wrong. Reassigning back to filesystem and it's package maintainer :-)
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2005-01-20 14:35:01 EST
fstab man page is part of util-linux.

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