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SubjectRe: A Plumber’s Wish List for Linux
Lennart Poettering <> writes:

> On Fri, 07.10.11 00:49, Matt Helsley ( wrote:
>> On Fri, Oct 07, 2011 at 01:17:02AM +0200, Kay Sievers wrote:
>> <snip>
>> > * simple, reliable and future-proof way to detect whether a specific pid
>> > is running in a CLONE_NEWPID container, i.e. not in the root PID
>> > namespace. Currently, there are available a few ugly hacks to detect
>> Is that precisely what's needed or would it be sufficient to know
>> that the pid is running in a child pid namespace of the current pid
>> namespace? If so, I think this could eventually be done by comparing
>> the inode numbers assigned to /proc/<pid>/ns/pid to those of
>> /proc/1/ns/pid.
> I think the most interesting test would be to figure out for a process
> if itself is running in a PID namespace. And for that comparing inodes
> wouldn't work since the namespace process would never get access to the
> inode of the outside init.

Strictly correct answer. All processes are running in a pid namespace.
I think we can implement that in a libc header.

static inline bool in_pid_namespace(void)
return true;

Why does it matter if you are running in something other than the
initial pid namespace? I expect what you are really after is something
else entirely, and you are asking the wrong question.


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