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How do I disable tmpfs on /run/shm? I searched through initscripts and found that the following code checks the entry in fstab, but what should I change to make it not mount /run/shm? I'm running Debian sid.


read_fstab_entry () {
        # Not found by default.

        for file in "$(eval ls $(fstab_files))"; do
                if [ -f "$file" ]; then
                        while read MNT_FSNAME MNT_DIR MNT_TYPE MNT_OPTS MNT_FREQ MNT_PASS MNT_JUNK; do
                                case "$MNT_FSNAME" in
                                if [ "$MNT_DIR" = "$1" ]; then
                                        if [ -n "$2" ]; then
                                                [ "$MNT_TYPE" = "$2" ] || continue;
                                        break 2
                        done < "$file"

        return $found

Function callsite

 if read_fstab_entry /run/lock; then
            if [ "$MNT_TYPE" = "tmpfs" ] ; then


if [ yes = "$RAMLOCK" ]; then
                domount "$MNTMODE" tmpfs shmfs /run/lock tmpfs "-o${NODEV}noexec,nosuid$LOCK_OPT"
                # Make sure we don't get cleaned
                touch /run/lock/.tmpfs
                chmod "$LOCK_MODE" /run/lock
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3 Answers 3

Read the comments on /etc/default/tmpfs, edit the file (add RAMSHM=no), save and reboot.

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no such file bro – zb' Jul 8 '13 at 16:49

Put # in front of the fstab-Entry, to mark it as a comment.

If you look at the script that will trigger the continue-branch within the case-statement, making it skip that line.

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there is no fstab entry here. – zb' Mar 11 '13 at 15:26
@eicto There has to be a file with an entry for "/run/lock" in one of the files denoted by fstab_files. Can you locate the place, where fstab_files is allocated a value? – Nils Mar 12 '13 at 11:21
I solved the problem, just installed 16G to workstation. – zb' Mar 12 '13 at 11:35

It's not clear what you're trying to achieve. By default (at least on Debian wheezy), /run/shm is a subdirectory of /run, which is mounted as tmpfs. So if you don't want /run/shm to be a mount point, don't change the default configuration. If you create an entry for /run/shm in /etc/fstab, it will be mounted only if you specify the filesystem type; otherwise /dev/shm is bind-mounted there. Not having /run/shm as tmpfs is not a supported configuration. If you want to use some other filesystem type, create an fstab entry and edit /etc/init.d/ and /etc/init.d/ so that they call mount_shm with an argument other than mount or mount_update. Whatever you do, make sure that /run/shm is mode 1777 and has no files left over from a previous boot.

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I want /run/shm not mounted, run also as well, because tmpfs slowdown system. – zb' Nov 11 '12 at 8:25
The slowdown case here – zb' Nov 11 '12 at 8:33

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