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Subject[RFC][PATCH 0/7] Clone PTS namespace

Devpts namespace patchset

In continuation of the implementation of containers in mainline, we need to
support multiple PTY namespaces so that the PTY index (ie the tty names) in
one container is independent of the PTY indices of other containers. For
instance this would allow each container to have a '/dev/pts/0' PTY and
refer to different terminals.

[PATCH 1/7]: Propagate error code from devpts_pty_new
[PATCH 2/7]: Factor out PTY index allocation
[PATCH 3/7]: Enable multiple mounts of /dev/pts
[PATCH 4/7]: Allow mknod of ptmx and tty in devpts
[PATCH 5/7]: Implement get_pts_ns() and put_pts_ns()
[PATCH 6/7]: Determine pts_ns from a pty's inode
[PATCH 7/7]: Enable cloning PTY namespaces

- This patchset depends on availability of additional clone flags.
and relies on on Cedric's clone64 patchset. See

- Needs some cleanup and more testing

- Ensure patchset is bisect-safe

Changelogs from earlier posts to Containers@.


(Patches 4 and 6 differ significantly from [v1]. Others are mostly
the same)

- [Alexey Dobriyan, Pavel Emelyanov] Removed the hack to check for
user-space mount.

- [Serge Hallyn] Added rcu locking around access to sb->s_fs_info.

- [Serge Hallyn] Allow creation of /dev/pts/ptmx and /dev/pts/tty
devices to simplify the process of finding the 'owning' pts-ns
of the device (specially when accessed from parent-pts-ns)
See patches 4 and 6 for details.

- Fixed circular reference by not caching the pts_ns in sb->s_fs_info
(without incrementing reference count) and clearing the sb->s_fs_info
when destroying the pts_ns

- To allow access to a child container's ptys from parent container,
determine the 'pts_ns' of a 'pty' from its inode.

- Added a check (hack) to ensure user-space mount of /dev/pts is
done before creating PTYs in a new pts-ns.

- Reorganized the patchset and removed redundant changes.

- Ported to work wih Cedric Le Goater's clone64() system call now
that we are out of clone_flags.


This patchset is based on earlier versions developed by Serge Hallyn
and Matt Helsley.

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