[RFC PATCH net-next v2 0/5] netns: allow to identify peer netns

Eric W. Biederman ebiederm at xmission.com
Fri Sep 26 19:34:16 UTC 2014

David Ahern <lxhacker68 at gmail.com> writes:

> On 9/26/14, 7:40 AM, Nicolas Dichtel wrote:
>>> No, I don't want to monitor anything. Even if I wanted, I would just
>>> start one
>>> daemon in each netns instead of one for all.
>> Ok you don't want, but some other people (not only me) want it! And
>> having one
>> daemon per netns does not scale: there are scenarii with thousand netns
>> which
>> are dynamically created and deleted.
> An example of the scaling problem using quagga (old but still seems to be a
> relevant data point):
> https://lists.quagga.net/pipermail/quagga-users/2010-February/011351.html
> "2k VRFs that would be 2.6G"
> And that does not include the overhead of each namespace -- roughly
> 200kB/namespace on one kernel I checked (v3.10). So that's a ballpark of 3G of
> memory.

Resetting the conversation just a little bit.

When I wrote the "ip netns" support I never expected that all
applications would want to run in a specific network namespace.  All
that is needed is one socket per network namespace.

Furthermore one socket or one procesess per network namespaces is
completely orthogonal to the patches presented.  I do not see a
identifying where the far end of a veth pair or similar set of
networking objects as anything that even closely resembles a path to a
using only a single socket.

So I think this whole subthread is quite silly and grossly off track.


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