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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH v2] mount: In propagate_umount handle overlapping mount propagation trees
Andrei Vagin <avagin@virtuozzo.com> writes:

> On Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 04:45:44PM -0500, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> That is certainly interesting. The problem is that the reason we were
>> going slow is that there were in fact mounts that had not been traversed
>> in the share group.
>
> You are right.
>
>>
>> And in fact the entire idea of visiting a vfsmount mountpoint pair
>> exactly once is wrong in the face of shadow mounts. For a vfsmount
>> mountpoint pair that has shadow mounts the number of shadow mounts needs
>> to be descreased by one each time the propgation tree is traversed
>> during unmount. Which means that as far as I can see we have to kill
>> shadow mounts to correctly optimize this code. Once shadow mounts are
>> gone I don't know of a case where need your optimization.
>
> Without shadow mounts, it will be hard to save predictable behaviour
> for cases like this:
>
> $ unshare --propagation private -m sh test.sh
> + mount -t tmpfs --make-shared zzzz A
> + mkdir A/a
> + mount -t tmpfs zzzz A/a
> + mount --bind A B
> + mount -t tmpfs zzzz B/a
> + grep zzzz
> + cat /proc/self/mountinfo
> 155 123 0:44 / /root/tmp/A rw,relatime shared:70 - tmpfs zzzz rw
> 156 155 0:45 / /root/tmp/A/a rw,relatime shared:71 - tmpfs zzzz rw
> 157 123 0:44 / /root/tmp/B rw,relatime shared:70 - tmpfs zzzz rw
> 158 157 0:46 / /root/tmp/B/a rw,relatime shared:72 - tmpfs zzzz rw
> 159 155 0:46 / /root/tmp/A/a rw,relatime shared:72 - tmpfs zzzz rw
> + umount B/a
> + grep zzzz
> + cat /proc/self/mountinfo
> 155 123 0:44 / /root/tmp/A rw,relatime shared:70 - tmpfs zzzz rw
> 156 155 0:45 / /root/tmp/A/a rw,relatime shared:71 - tmpfs zzzz rw
> 157 123 0:44 / /root/tmp/B rw,relatime shared:70 - tmpfs zzzz rw
>
> X + a - a = X
>
> Maybe we need to add another ID for propagated mounts and when we
> do umount, we will detach only mounts with the same propagation id.
>
> I support the idea to kill shadow mounts. I guess it will help us to
> simplify algorithm of dumping and restoring a mount tree in CRIU.
>
> Currently it is a big pain for us.

Killing shadow mounts is not exactly a done deal as there are some user
visible effects. The practical question becomes do we break anything
anyone cares about in userspace. Answering those practical questions
sucks.

I definitely think we should try to kill shadow mounts because they are
such a big pain to deal with, and only provide very limited value.

So far the only thing I have seem shadow mounts being good for is
preserving unmount behavior in cases where what someone has
constructed an artificially evil mount tree. I haven't figured out how
to see how any of those mount trees are actually useful in real life.

Eric



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