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SubjectRe: [RFC] [PATCH -mm] cgroup: uid-based rules to add processes efficiently in the right cgroup
On Mon, Aug 18, 2008 at 08:35:26AM -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 17, 2008 at 12:33:31PM +0200, Andrea Righi wrote:
> > The problem of placing tasks in respective cgroups seems to be correctly
> > addressed by userspace lib wrappers or classifier daemons [1].
> >
> > However, this is an attempt to implement an in-kernel classifier.
> >
> > [ I wrote this patch for a "special purpose" environment, where a lot of
> > short-lived processes belonging to different users are spawned by
> > different daemons, so the main goal here would be to remove the dealy
> > needed by userspace classification and place the tasks in the right
> > cgroup at the time they're created. This is just an ugly hack for now
> > and it works only for uid-based rules, gid-based rules could be
> > implemented in a similar way. ]
> >
> Hi Andrea,

yep! I'm having some troubles with my internet connection, and it seems
my previous reply is lost.. :( resending it, sorry for the noise if
you'll receive more than 1 mail.

> Recently I introduced the infrastructure in libcgroup to handle
> the task placement issue based on uid and gid rules. This is what I did.
> - Introduced two new APIs in libcgroup to place the task in right cgroup.
> - cgroup_change_cgroup_uid_gid
> Pleces the task in destination cgroup based on uid/gid
> rules specified in /etc/cgrules.conf
> - cgroup_change_cgroup_path
> Puts the task into the cgroup specified by caller
> - Provided two command line tools (cgexec and cgclassify) to perform
> various process placement related tasks.
> - cgexec
> A tool to launch a task in user specfied cgroup
> - cgclassify
> A tool to re-classify already running tasks.
> - Wrote a pam plugin so that tasks are placed in right user groups upon
> login or reception of other services which take pam's help.

That's interesting. All the daemons that provide access to a system
should pam-aware, so with the pam plugin I should be able to handle all
the cases. Unfortunately I don't have too much details about those
daemons and in fact I was looking for the most generic solution..

> - Currently work is in progress for a user space daemon which will
> automatically place the tasks based on notifications.
> For your environment, where delay is unbearable, I think you can modify
> the daemon to use libcgroup to place the forked task in right cgroup
> before actually executing it. Once the task has been placed in right
> cgroup, exec() will be called.

The deamons should all use the exec() + setuid() way. If pam doesn't
help I'll try to wrap setuid(), using a wrapper lib or something

> We have been doing all the user space development on following mailing
> list.
> Latest patches which got merged in libcgroup, are here.
> It is accompanied with a decent README file for design details and for
> how to use it.

Thanks, I'll look at the latest libcgroup features ASAP.

> I think modifying the daemon to make use of libcgroup is the right way
> to handle this issue than duplicating the infrastructure in user space
> as well as kernel space.

Totally agree in perspective (obviously when it's possible/reasonable in
terms of efforts to change the userspace daemon).


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