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SubjectRe: [RFC] Per-user namespace process accounting
On Tue, 2014-06-03 at 10:54 -0700, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Serge Hallyn <> writes:
> > Quoting Pavel Emelyanov (
> >> On 05/29/2014 07:32 PM, Serge Hallyn wrote:
> >> > Quoting Marian Marinov (
> >> >> We are not using NFS. We are using a shared block storage that offers us snapshots. So provisioning new containers is
> >> >> extremely cheep and fast. Comparing that with untar is comparing a race car with Smart. Yes it can be done and no, I
> >> >> do not believe we should go backwards.
> >> >>
> >> >> We do not share filesystems between containers, we offer them block devices.
> >> >
> >> > Yes, this is a real nuisance for openstack style deployments.
> >> >
> >> > One nice solution to this imo would be a very thin stackable filesystem
> >> > which does uid shifting, or, better yet, a non-stackable way of shifting
> >> > uids at mount.
> >>
> >> I vote for non-stackable way too. Maybe on generic VFS level so that filesystems
> >> don't bother with it. From what I've seen, even simple stacking is quite a challenge.
> >
> > Do you have any ideas for how to go about it? It seems like we'd have
> > to have separate inodes per mapping for each file, which is why of
> > course stacking seems "natural" here.
> >
> > Trying to catch the uid/gid at every kernel-userspace crossing seems
> > like a design regression from the current userns approach. I suppose we
> > could continue in the kuid theme and introduce a iiud/igid for the
> > in-kernel inode uid/gid owners. Then allow a user privileged in some
> > ns to create a new mount associated with a different mapping for any
> > ids over which he is privileged.
> There is a simple solution.
> We pick the filesystems we choose to support.
> We add privileged mounting in a user namespace.
> We create the user and mount namespace.
> Global root goes into the target mount namespace with setns and performs
> the mounts.
> 90% of that work is already done.
> As long as we don't plan to support XFS (as it XFS likes to expose it's
> implementation details to userspace) it should be quite straight
> forward.

Any implementation which doesn't support XFS is unviable from a distro
point of view. The whole reason we're fighting to get USER_NS enabled
in distros goes back to lack of XFS support (they basically refused to
turn it on until it wasn't a choice between XFS and USER_NS). If we put
them in a position where they choose a namespace feature or XFS, they'll
choose XFS.

XFS developers aren't unreasonable ... they'll help if we ask. I mean
it was them who eventually helped us get USER_NS turned on in the first


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