[PATCH] cgroup : remove the ns_cgroup

Andrew Morton akpm at linux-foundation.org
Wed Jan 26 16:16:48 PST 2011

On Tue, 25 Jan 2011 10:39:48 +0100
Daniel Lezcano <daniel.lezcano at free.fr> wrote:

> The ns_cgroup is an annoying cgroup at the namespace / cgroup frontier
> and leads to some problems:
>         * cgroup creation is out-of-control
>         * cgroup name can conflict when pids are looping
>         * it is not possible to have a single process handling
>         a lot of namespaces without falling in a exponential creation time
>         * we may want to create a namespace without creating a cgroup
>         The ns_cgroup was replaced by a compatibility flag 'clone_children',
>         where a newly created cgroup will copy the parent cgroup values.
>         The userspace has to manually create a cgroup and add a task to
>         the 'tasks' file.
> This patch removes the ns_cgroup as suggested in the following thread:
> https://lists.linux-foundation.org/pipermail/containers/2009-June/018616.html
> The 'cgroup_clone' function is removed because it is no longer used.
> Signed-off-by: Daniel Lezcano <daniel.lezcano at free.fr>
> Signed-off-by: Serge E. Hallyn <serge.hallyn at canonical.com>
> Cc: Eric W. Biederman <ebiederm at xmission.com>
> Cc: Jamal Hadi Salim <hadi at cyberus.ca>
> Reviewed-by: Li Zefan <lizf at cn.fujitsu.com>
> Acked-by: Paul Menage <menage at google.com>
> Acked-by: Matt Helsley <matthltc at us.ibm.com>
> ...
>  22 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 287 deletions(-)

I didn't see that one coming.

This change is userspace-visible, is it not?  What are the implications
of this?  There's some discussion in that nearly-two-year-old thread
regarding making provision for back-compatibility but I'm not seeing
such things in this patch?

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