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From: "Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)" <>
To: David Howells <>,
	Miklos Szeredi <>
Cc: lkml <>,
	"" <>,
	Petr Vorel <>,
	Michael Kerrisk <>,
	linux-man <>
Subject: Setting mount propagation type in new mount API
Date: Fri, 15 May 2020 13:40:14 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

Hello David, Miklos,

I've been looking at the new mount API (fsopen(), fsconfig(),
fsmount(), move_mount(), etc.) and among the details that remain
mysterious to me is this: how does one set the propagation type
(private/shared/slave/unbindable) of a new mount and change the
propagation type of an existing mount?

I've looked at the kernel source for a bit, and did not see how this
is possible.

The draft manual pages sent out a few months ago provide little clue,
with the only hint being in the draft fsopen(2) page, which says of

       fsmount()  takes the file descriptor returned by fsopen() and cre‐
       ates a mount object for the filesystem root specified there.   The
       attributes of the mount object are set from the mount_attrs param‐
       eter.  The attributes specify the propagation and  mount  restric‐
       tions to be applied to accesses through this mount.

However, that text appears *not* to be true. The 'mount_attrs'
argument of fsmount() does not seem to permit specification of
propagation type, since in the kernel there is this check:

        if (attr_flags & ~(MOUNT_ATTR_RDONLY |
                           MOUNT_ATTR_NOSUID |
                           MOUNT_ATTR_NODEV |
                           MOUNT_ATTR_NOEXEC |
                           MOUNT_ATTR__ATIME |
                return -EINVAL;



Michael Kerrisk
Linux man-pages maintainer;
Linux/UNIX System Programming Training:

             reply	other threads:[~2020-05-15 11:40 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-05-15 11:40 Michael Kerrisk (man-pages) [this message]
2020-05-15 13:04 ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-05-15 13:18   ` Miklos Szeredi
2020-05-18 14:30 ` David Howells
2020-05-18 14:42   ` Christian Brauner

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