[PATCH 7/8] net: Allow setting the network namespace by fd

Eric W. Biederman ebiederm at xmission.com
Thu Sep 23 08:14:50 PDT 2010

jamal <hadi at cyberus.ca> writes:

> On Thu, 2010-09-23 at 01:51 -0700, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> Take advantage of the new abstraction and allow network devices
>> to be placed in any network namespace that we have a fd to talk
>> about.
> So ... why just netdevice? could you allow migration of other
> net "items" eg a route table since they are all tagged by
> netns?

For this patchset because we only support migrating physical
network devices between network namespaces today.

In the bigger picture migrating things between network namespaces is
race prone.  Fixing those races probably would reduce network stack
performance and increase code complexity for not particularly good
reason.  Network devices are special because they are physical hardware
and in combination with the rule that all packets coming a network
device go to a single network namespace we have to implement migration
for network devices.


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