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Re: shell script problem

On 2/5/2019 4:43 PM, ghe wrote:
> Buster
> A shell script has begun to throw errors I can't seem to get rid of.
> Didn't used to -- it started in the past few days.
> I have access to a couple Internet connections: a slow but extremely
> reliable T1 I've been with for years, and a Comcast residential cable
> WiFi that's odd, but very fast. There are 2 Ethernet ports on the box.
> I wrote a shell script for the frequent and large Buster updates, etc.
> that brings up the Comcast WiFi, makes changes in the DHCP info,
> modifies the routing table so the mirrors in the sources list are routed
> through Comcast, and fires off aptitude.
> The problem is that toward the end of bring up Comcast, I get a message
> from systemd saying '-.mount is masked'. The systemd man pages say there
> is indeed something called -.mount and that being masked will kill any
> process encountering a masked something. The message says it's going to
> quit the script.

What message?

> Then it goes on with the script, and as best I can tell, finishes properly.
> The man pages say there is a way to unmask things (I can't remember what

$systemctl unmask <SERVICE-NAME>

> it is). When I run the command, I'm told that the parameter is wrong (it

Which cmd?

> doesn't like the '-', understandable). I put it in quotes, same thing. I
> try it with something else masked in the list, and it comes back with
> the expected *nix response when all is well (nothing). But when I look
> at the list again, it's still masked.
> What's going on? What does 'masked' mean? What is '-.mount'? Should I
> just ignore the error message? Can I ignore any systemd error message?

- What's going on -- can't say without seeing the script in question and
the error message you're getting.

In general, ignoring error messages is a recipe for disaster.

John Doe