[patch -mm 0/4] mqueue namespace

Cedric Le Goater clg at fr.ibm.com
Fri Aug 29 02:46:03 PDT 2008

Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> ebiederm at xmission.com (Eric W. Biederman) writes:
>> One way to fix that is to add a hidden directory to the mnt namespace.
>> Where magic in kernel filesystems can be mounted.  Only visible
>> with a magic openat flag.  Then:
>> fd = openat(AT_FDKERN, ".", O_DIRECTORY)
>> fchdir(fd);
>> umount("./mqueue", MNT_DETACH);
>> mount(("none", "./mqueue", "mqueue", 0, NULL);
>> Would unshare the mqueue namespace.
>> Implemented for plan9 this would solve a problem of how do you get
>> access to all of it's special filesystems.  As only bind mounts
>> and remote filesystem mounts are available.  For linux thinking about
>> it might shake the conversation up a bit.
> Thinking about this some more.  What is especially attractive if we do
> all namespaces this way is that it solves two lurking problems.
> 1) How do you keep a namespace around without a process in it.
> 2) How do you enter a container.
> If we could land the namespaces in the filesystem we could easily
> persist them past the point where a process is present in one if we so
> choose.
> Entering a container would be a matter of replacing your current
> namespaces mounts with namespace mounts take from the filesystem.
> I expect performance would degrade in practice, but it is tempting
> to implement it and run a benchmark and see if we can measure anything.


you seem to have talked about this idea at the summit but the notes
are a bit short on the "entering a container" topic. Have you had time to
work on the POC the notes are talking about ? 

the mqueue namespace (and sysv ipc) is typically one of these namespaces
with valid objects which can have no processes in it. 


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