[PATCH 1/1] introduce user_ns inheritance in user-sched

Peter Zijlstra peterz at infradead.org
Sat Mar 21 04:36:49 PDT 2009

On Fri, 2009-03-20 at 21:46 -0500, Serge E. Hallyn wrote:
> Quoting Peter Zijlstra (peterz at infradead.org):
> > On Thu, 2009-03-19 at 16:16 -0500, Serge E. Hallyn wrote:
> > > In a kernel compiled with CONFIG_USER_SCHED=y, cpu shares are
> > > allocated according to uid.  Shares are specifiable under
> > > /sys/kernel/uids/<uid>/
> > > 
> > > In a kernel compiled with CONFIG_USER_NS=y, clone(2) with the
> > > CLONE_NEWUSER flag creates a new user namespace, and the newly
> > > cloned task will belong to uid 0 in the new user namespace.
> > 
> > We seem to be adding more and more stuff for USER_SCHED, is anybody
> > actually using that cruft?
> > 
> > How far along with cgroups are we to fully simulate that behaviour?
> > 
> > I think if we have a capable cgroup based replacement for USER_SCHED we
> > should axe it from the kernel, would save lots of code...
> I didn't realize that was the plan.  Using PAM to move users
> around cgroups? 

Right, thing is, distro's will all want cgroup enabled, since that's the
latest fad :-), so this user sched thing will only be for people who
build their own kernels -- but I suspect most of those simply disable
all this group scheduling.

>  If so, then yeah that would simplify quite a bit
> of code.   Won't catch all setuid()s of course 

Right, so if we could somehow get a setuid notification hooked into
cgroups,.. not sure that would be worth the trouble though.

> - I don't know who uses USER_SCHED and if that would matter.

Right, me neither... I would just love to be able to cut all that code
out :-)

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