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From: Miklos Szeredi <>
To: "Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)" <>
Cc: David Howells <>,
	lkml <>,
	"" <>,
	Petr Vorel <>,
	linux-man <>
Subject: Re: Setting mount propagation type in new mount API
Date: Fri, 15 May 2020 15:18:59 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Fri, May 15, 2020 at 3:04 PM Miklos Szeredi <> wrote:
> On Fri, May 15, 2020 at 1:40 PM Michael Kerrisk (man-pages)
> <> wrote:
> >
> > 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?
> Existing mount can be chaged with mount(NULL, path, NULL, MS_$(propflag), NULL).
> To do that with a detached mount created by fsmount(2) the
> "/proc/self/fd/$fd" trick can be used.
> The plan was to introduce a mount_setattr(2) syscall, but that hasn't
> happened yet...  I'm not sure we should be adding propagation flags to
> fsmount(2), since that is a less generic mechanism than
> mount_setattr(2) or just plain mount(2) as shown above.

Also note that only setting MS_SHARED makes sense on a new mount
returned by fsmount(2) because

 - MS_PRIVATE is a no op, due to mount already being private

 - same for MS_SLAVE, since it's only different from MS_PRIVATE  on
mounts receiving propagation, which a new mount by definition isn't

 - MS_UNBINDABLE just prevents move_mount(2) from working so that's
not really useful, though at least it does something

A more interesting issue is whether we'd want to control the
propagation of the target when moving into a shared tree.  I.e. should
there be a MOVE_MOUNT_DONTPROPAGATE flag for move_mount(20 that
prevents the new mount from being propagated...


  reply	other threads:[~2020-05-15 13:19 UTC|newest]

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

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