Bug 18383 - readonly /usr breaks makewhatis
Summary: readonly /usr breaks makewhatis
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Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: man   
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Version: 7.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Bernhard Rosenkraenzer
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Reported: 2000-10-05 07:18 UTC by Thilo Mezger
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-10-05 11:46:13 UTC
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Description Thilo Mezger 2000-10-05 07:18:50 UTC
I like to mount /usr read-only for safetly reasons but makewhatis needs to
have a
writeable /usr/share/man/whatis database.

I always thought that it should always be possible to mount /usr read-only
(I think
that's what the file-system standard says).

Should the "whatis" files move to /var/cache/man?
Or should /etc/cron.daily/makewhatis check for writeable "whatis" files?

Not really a problem but "nice to have"... :-)

Comment 1 Daniel Roesen 2000-10-05 11:46:11 UTC
I consider this not as an enhancement request, but a real bug. /usr is supposed 
to be readonly mountable as per FHS.

Priority/severity adjusted to normal/normal.

Comment 2 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2000-10-10 21:14:34 UTC
Fixed; the whatis db has been moved to /var/cache/man.

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