[Buildroot] [PATCH 1/1] openssh: replace individual ssh-keygen calls with a single call

Baruch Siach baruch at tkos.co.il
Tue Aug 5 19:22:51 UTC 2014

Hi Danomi,

On Mon, Aug 04, 2014 at 10:28:08AM -0400, Danomi Manchego wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 4:24 AM, Thomas Petazzoni
> <thomas.petazzoni at free-electrons.com> wrote:
> > On Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:25:13 -0400, Danomi Manchego wrote:
> >> I think this issue is not limited to openssh - there's other things
> >> that want to occasionally save stuff to /etc, /var, even /root (e.g.
> >> gstreamer plugins cache).  I suppose that efforts could be made to try
> >> to patch/configure these locations to all be in one place (/var ?),
> >> but that still assumes a writable directory.  So, unless we direct all
> >> attempts to save state to a tmpfs, I think it always come back to
> >> being the user's responsibility.
> >>
> >> So for now I'm content to keep openssh as it is, rather than hunt down
> >> all the places that might try to write to etc (, var, $HOME, ...).
> >
> > Buildroot is normally supposed to support a read-only root filesystem,
> > and there are already several things being done to make this possible:
> >
> >  * /etc/resolv.conf is a symbolic link to /tmp/resolv.conf
> >  * Most of the /var/<foo> directories are symbolic links to /tmp.
> >    Only /var/lib is not.
> >  * /tmp is mounted as tmpfs, so that it's read/write even if the rootfs
> >    is read only.
> So - should the openssh.mk be making symlinks of all the key files to
> /tmp/$FILE?  That re-introduces the maintenance burden, but I'll make
> a patch along those lines if there's interest.

I don't think so. SSH keys should be stored in a writeable AND persistent over 
reboot location. Storing them under /tmp (ephemeral tmpfs by default) would 
make the keys regenerate on every boot, which would defeat the whole purpose 
of having host keys in the first place.


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