Bug 200191 - blkid does not rewrite blkid.tab as documented in the man page.
Summary: blkid does not rewrite blkid.tab as documented in the man page.
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: e2fsprogs
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Eric Sandeen
QA Contact:
Whiteboard: bzcl34nup
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2006-07-26 02:18 UTC by Russell Coker
Modified: 2009-07-14 16:56 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 16:56:43 UTC

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Description Russell Coker 2006-07-26 02:18:10 UTC
The command "blkid -c /dev/null -w /etc/blkid/blkid.tab" is supposed to ignore 
all previous values and regenerate the blkid.tab file.

However instead it preserves the previous values and appends the new ones - 
which given that mount takes the first matching value from the file does 
little good.

Also a solution to the problem of upgrading from FC5 release to the latest 
kernel on S-ATA systems is needed (not sure if e2fsprogs is the appropriate 
place for a fix).  The problem is that /dev/sda1 is cached as the device with 
label /BOOT from the installation, and that it's now /dev/hda1 with the latest 

Maybe we should just have blkid.tab regenerated at boot time as soon as root 
is mounted read-write?

Comment 1 Eric Sandeen 2007-09-20 18:41:56 UTC
wow.  blkid actually completely ignores the -w option, at least in recent versions.

Well, it parses it, and sets the "write" variable to a value, and never looks at
it again.  :(

Comment 2 Eric Sandeen 2007-09-20 20:14:16 UTC
FWIW, http://thunk.org/hg/e2fsprogs/?rev/ad62cded89a8 broke this functionality.
(4 years ago)

Comment 3 Bug Zapper 2008-04-04 03:23:14 UTC
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Comment 4 Eric Sandeen 2008-04-04 05:15:47 UTC
I can confirm that this is still an issue upstream.

Comment 5 Russell Coker 2008-05-07 01:54:56 UTC
I just tested this on Fedora 8.  It seems that the bug is a little different 
now.  According to strace the 
command "blkid -c /dev/null -w /etc/blkid/blkid.tab" will never 
open /etc/blkid./blkid.tab (the -w option seems to be ignored) and it writes 
the data out to /dev/null.

Comment 6 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 02:15:23 UTC
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
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