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From: (Eric W. Biederman)
To: Pavel Emelyanov <>
Cc: Andrew Morton <>,
	David Miller <>,
	Linux Netdev List <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
	Alexey Dobriyan <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Make /proc/net a symlink on /proc/self/net
Date: Wed, 05 Mar 2008 17:24:10 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <> (Pavel Emelyanov's message of "Wed, 05 Mar 2008 15:20:07 +0300")

Pavel Emelyanov <> writes:

> Current /proc/net is done with so called "shadows", but current
> implementation is broken and has little chances to get fixed.
> The problem is that dentries subtree of /proc/net directory has
> fancy revalidation rules to make processes living in different
> net namespaces see different entries in /proc/net subtree, but
> currently, tasks see in the /proc/net subdir the contents of any
> other namespace, depending on who opened the file first.
> The proposed fix is to turn /proc/net into a symlink, which points
> to /proc/self/net, which in turn shows what previously was in
> /proc/net - the network-related info, from the net namespace the
> appropriate task lives in.
> # ls -l /proc/net
> lrwxrwxrwx  1 root root 8 Mar  5 15:17 /proc/net -> self/net
> In other words - this behaves like /proc/mounts, but unlike
> "mounts", "net" is not a file, but a directory.

Overall this looks good, thanks.

As a follow on patch this should be moved from /proc/<pid>/net
into /proc/<pid>/task/<tid>/net.

We don't have anything that currently forces network namespaces to be
the same between different tasks of the same task group (I just
looked), nor do we have a technical reason to require that.

So we should fix our infrastructure to include the companion of
/proc/self, a /proc/current (which points at the current task)
after which it should be about a two line change to move this
from the tgid to the task directory.


  parent reply	other threads:[~2008-03-06  0:25 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 11+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-03-05 12:20 Pavel Emelyanov
2008-03-05 19:15 ` Paul E. McKenney
2008-03-05 21:29   ` David Miller
2008-03-05 23:59   ` Eric W. Biederman
2008-03-06  0:22     ` Paul E. McKenney
2008-03-06  8:25   ` Pavel Emelyanov
2008-03-06  0:24 ` Eric W. Biederman [this message]
2008-03-06  8:40   ` Pavel Emelyanov
2008-03-23 13:00 ` Denys Vlasenko
2008-03-23 13:04   ` Denys Vlasenko
2008-03-23 13:16   ` David Miller

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