[RFC][v4][PATCH 7/7]: Define clone_with_pids syscall

Sukadev Bhattiprolu sukadev at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Mon Aug 10 15:26:19 PDT 2009


Pavel Machek [pavel at ucw.cz] wrote:
| Hi!
| 
| > 
| > Subject: [RFC][v4][PATCH 7/7]: Define clone_with_pids syscall
| > 
| > Container restart requires that a task have the same pid it had when it was
| > checkpointed. When containers are nested the tasks within the containers
| > exist in multiple pid namespaces and hence have multiple pids to specify
| > during restart.
| > 
| > clone_with_pids(), intended for use during restart, is the same as clone(),
| > except that it takes a 'target_pid_set' paramter. This parameter lets caller
| > choose specific pid numbers for the child process, in the process's active
| > and ancestor pid namespaces. (Descendant pid namespaces in general don't
| > matter since processes don't have pids in them anyway, but see comments
| > in copy_target_pids() regarding CLONE_NEWPID).
| 
| This should go to documentation/manpage somewhere.

Agree. Will update once we have some consensus on the interface.

The interface defined in this patch 7/7 

	syscall(__NR_clone_with_pids, flags, stack, NULL, NULL, NULL, &pid_set);

meets the requirements of checkpoint/restart. But as mentioned in patch 0/7,
we are just not sure if we should take this opportunity to address the
clone-flags limitation so we are not forced to define another flavor of
clone() soon.

Sukadev


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