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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/7] ns: Introduce the setns syscall
On 05/07/2011 04:24 AM, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> With the networking stack today there is demand to handle
> multiple network stacks at a time. Not in the context
> of containers but in the context of people doing interesting
> things with routing.
> There is also demand in the context of containers to have
> an efficient way to execute some code in the container itself.
> If nothing else it is very useful ad a debugging technique.
> Both problems can be solved by starting some form of login
> daemon in the namespaces people want access to, or you
> can play games by ptracing a process and getting the
> traced process to do things you want it to do. However
> it turns out that a login daemon or a ptrace puppet
> controller are more code, they are more prone to
> failure, and generally they are less efficient than
> simply changing the namespace of a process to a
> specified one.
> Pieces of this puzzle can also be solved by instead of
> coming up with a general purpose system call coming up
> with targed system calls perhaps socketat that solve
> a subset of the larger problem. Overall that appears
> to be more work for less reward.
> int setns(int fd, int nstype);
> The fd argument is a file descriptor referring to a proc
> file of the namespace you want to switch the process to.
> In the setns system call the nstype is 0 or specifies
> an clone flag of the namespace you intend to change
> to prevent changing a namespace unintentionally.
> v2: Most of the architecture support added by Daniel Lezcano<>
> v3: ported to v2.6.36-rc4 by: Eric W. Biederman<>
> v4: Moved wiring up of the system call to another patch
> Signed-off-by: Eric W. Biederman<>
> ---

Acked-by: Daniel Lezcano <>

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