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SubjectRe: pivot_root broken in 2.6.15-rc1-mm2
On Wed, Nov 23, 2005 at 02:15:45AM +0000, Al Viro wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 23, 2005 at 01:07:28PM +1100, Neil Brown wrote:
> > After putting in copious tracing printk, the offending test is:
> >
> > if (user_nd.mnt->mnt_parent == user_nd.mnt)
> > goto out2; /* not attached */
> >
> > If I remove this, it works (or seems to).
> > Presumably the initial root file system is 'not attached'. But that
> > shouldn't be a problem, should it?
>
> Initial root is root and will remain root, period.
>
> > Could this be related to the new shared mounts stuff???
>
> No. And no, it's not going to change - any memory you win on killing
> initramfs is not going to be worth the extra code needed to special-case
> it.
>
> pivot_root() does work in chroot jail (including the one we get after
> chrooting to "final" root), but that's all it does.

Just want to add that some nice person wrote
Documentation/filesystems/ramfs-rootfs-initramfs.txt.

http://lwn.net/Articles/156098/
http://kernel.org/git/?p=linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git;a=blob;h=b3404a0325967de5fdce4a29e879258075ede500;hb=4b4a27dff4e2d4cc2eac1cde31aede834a966a48;f=Documentation/filesystems/ramfs-rootfs-initramfs.txt

HTH,
Johannes
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