[PATCH 2/5] C/R: Basic support for network namespaces and devices (v4)

Serge E. Hallyn serge at hallyn.com
Tue Feb 23 08:47:55 PST 2010


Quoting Dan Smith (danms at us.ibm.com):
> SH> the above two hunks change the flow in checkpoint_container(), but
> SH> they don't seem to actually add anything.  And I don't see (with a
> SH> quick browse) any later patch in this series changing this either.
> SH> Is this just noise?
> 
> Ah, yeah, I think that's left over from a previous version where I had
> to insert something there.  Sorry about that :)
> 
> >> +int ckpt_netdev_in_init_netns(struct ckpt_ctx *ctx, struct net_device *dev)
> >> +{
> >> +	return dev->nd_net == current->nsproxy->net_ns;
> >> +}
> 
> SH> You are comparing it to the net_ns of the checkpointing task.  I'm
> SH> not sure that makes sense - but I'm also not sure what if anything
> SH> makes more sense.
> 
> SH> What exactly do you mean by the 'init' netns here?  Do you mean
> SH> the init_net_ns for the container, or that it is the net_ns of
> SH> whatever task created the container?
> 
> In this case, 'current' is the task doing the checkpoint, right?  So,
> we're treating the netns that it is in as the "top level" and will
> restore the tree, as visible from that task, relative to the netns of
> the restart process.  We had an IRC conversation about this, I believe :)

But there is no guarantee that the checkpointer is in the netns which
we would call the 'top level' netns.  Which means that, at restart, whether
or not the devices which are in what we call the top level netns are in
fact inherited or not, will depend on conditions of the checkpointer.  Do
we care?  (I thought we did, but maybe we don't... it's unlikely to happen
anyway)

> SH> How about a
> SH> 			ckpt_err(ctx, -ENOSYS,
> SH> 				Device %s does not support checkpoint\n",
> dev-> name);
> 
> SH> here to put a meaningful msg in the user's log?
> 
> Yep, definitely.
> 
> Thanks!
> 
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> Dan Smith
> IBM Linux Technology Center
> email: danms at us.ibm.com
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