[PD] starting automatically "read only" (Ubuntu 10.04)

Ingo Scherzinger ingo at miamiwave.com
Fri Jun 11 11:03:30 CEST 2010

>If the file's contents have to be preserved between sessions, it's breaking
>the "read only system" paradigm. (You may still be able to use an usb drive
>for this purpose?)

It's actually working fine writing edited data to the rw sda3 partition
where some folders have been linked to.

>If the file can be recreated with the same content at each startup, i'd
>think about how to trick it to be on a temporary writable filesystem. I
>suppose we cannot change the default path for this file, and i'm not sure
>you can a have link in your read only filesystem (/home/ingo) pointing to a
>yet-to-be-created file on a temporary filesystem, but given the annoyance
>factor of the problem, it may make sense to trick your whole /home/ingo
>a temporary filesystem (from where of course you will be free to create
>links to directories that reside on the read-only filesystem).

I tried that already. I was mounting the entire /home/ingo folder to a
That way I didn't have all files I needed available. All system settings
seemd to be gone.
After getting the data partition to auto mount -rw I made a link to the
.ICEauthority file. Didn't help. Maybe mounting drives comes later in the
upstart order. I should check that out.


>> with the help of Dan Wilcox I got pretty close to start my system "read
>> only" however I'm still getting a nasty nagscreen which I have to click
>> away
>> while starting up. I really need this machine to start up automatically
>> with
>> a read only filesystem.
>> The error is pretty much known in the internet forums. However I havn't
>> found a workaraound for a "read only" filesystem:
>> "could not update ICEauthory file /home/ingo/.ICEauthory"
>> /etc/fstab looks like this:
>> <file system>   <mount point>   <type>  <options>
>> <dump>  <pass>
>> proc                    /proc           proc    nodev,noexec,nosuid
>> 0       0
>> # /boot was on /dev/sda1 during installation
>> UUID=6f3bcc50-4957-46a6-91d5-c8f5bbf77578       /boot   ext3    ro      0
>> 0
>> # / was on /dev/sda2 during installation
>> UUID=6a94f9f8-6ee2-4e98-b57f-e2353b916b39 /     ext3    ro      0       0
>> /dev/sda3       /home/ingo/data ext3    rw,user,noauto          0       2
>> <pre><code>
>> tmpfs /var/run tmpfs defaults 0 0
>> tmpfs /var/lock tmpfs defaults 0 0
>> tmpfs /var/log tmpfs defaults 0 0
>> tmpfs /tmp tmpfs defaults 0 0
>> </code></pre>
>> Also, sda3 is not mounting automatically if I set it to "auto". I was
>> trying
>> to put the .ICEauthory file to the third partition and replace the
>> one with a link.
>> I would appreciate it a lot if anybody had an idea how to eliminate the
>> .ICEauthory problem.
>> Thank you, Ingo

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