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Re: [opensuse] Systemd and fstab
Ruediger Meier said the following on 12/15/2011 08:45 AM:

No, just wanted to mention that in general nobody (including systemd)
can't find out for sure which network device is needed to mount a
specific NFS directory before actually trying to mount it.

So your above idea "...they could be made dependent on the specific
Ethernet port that leads to the NFS server ..." is IMO not possible. It
has to be generic like "waiting for complete network setup" and then
try nfs mount (hoping that there is a device to reach the server).

Of course if admin knows what he is doing then he could replace the
generic deps by more specific ones but no way to do this in systemd's
default config.

Lets make sure we agree.

The system by itself can't tell which port a NFS mount needs until it


The sysadmin, the guy who configured the system, knows which network
segment the NFS server is on and which Ethernet port connects to that
network segment, so he (or she) can configure the specific mount unit
files for SystemD. This knowledge is "external to the system" and part
of the human-level design.

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