accessing files under a mount point (getting at the files that have been obscured by another filesystem mounted on top of them)

This has come up 3 times in the last few days so I thought I'd share it. The situation is that there are files at /var/spool/mqueue that are part of the /var filesystem. But there is also another filesystem mounted at /var/spool/mqueue with it's own files. You want to access the files under the mount but you can't. So, there are two ways around this (in this instance).

Option 1

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using augeas to add a user to the system

The scenario is that users are controlled by sssd and you want to add a user locally for those times when your connection to your password backend goes down. Useradd won't let you do it though, cause the user already exists. I figured augeas would be the perfect way to do that but I kept hitting a problem, augeas would fail.

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streaming dlna from fedora to a Samsung TV (mediatomb)

I was trying to get my Samsung TV to play files from my Beefy miracle box and although it was able to connect, it would not show any files. It took a bit of hunting around but I found the following patch needed to be applied to get the files to display.

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