[systemd-devel] How to use cgroups within containers?

Richard Weinberger richard at nod.at
Mon Oct 20 17:33:32 UTC 2014

Am 20.10.2014 um 19:27 schrieb Lennart Poettering:
> On Mon, 20.10.14 19:16, Richard Weinberger (richard at nod.at) wrote:
>>> Have you read the link I posted?
>> Sure, I've also been in the room in Düsseldorf while you've read it
>> in front of us.
> Not that I changed it since then... ;-)
>>> Yes, I test systemd inside containers. Daily. Actually it's my primary
>>> way of testing systemd, since it is extremely quick and allows me to
>>> attach from the host with debugging tools...
>>> As long as you follow the suggestions in the document I linked systemd
>>> will work without modifications in container managers. At least
>>> libvirt-lxc and nspawn follows these suggestions, not sure about the
>>> other container managers.
>> If I read the source of nspwan correctly, it does not use user
>> namespaces.
> Ah, this is about user namespaces? No I have not played around with
> them so far. Sorry.

Yep. Please have a look at them. There are some pitfalls.

>> libvirt-lxc is currently not sure how to support systemd. So far it
>> bind mounts only the machine specific part of cgroups into the container.
>> Which is not really nice but better than exposing the whole hierarchy into
>> the container.
> It really should also bind mount the upper parts, but possibly mark
> them read-only (which nspawn currently doesn't do).

Okay. Or maybe cgroup namespaces will help.
Let's find out. :)


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