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SubjectRe: [PATCH net-next 1/1] rtnetlink: request RTM_GETLINK by pid or fd
On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 10:00:46PM +0100, Jiri Benc wrote:
> On Thu, 18 Jan 2018 21:55:53 +0100, Christian Brauner wrote:
> > A more concrete scenario is creating a network namespace, moving a
> > device into it via RTM_SETLINK which also supports IFLA_NET_NS_{FD,PID}
> > and then wanting to query the device. This would be very easy to do if
> > one could reuse the IFLA_NET_NS_{FD,PID} without having to set a
> > netnsid.
>
> Wouldn't be a better solution to have a way to request the netnsid
> allocation (and return it) right away when creating the name space,
> then?

That is certainly a good idea and I'm happy to send a follow-up patch
for that! But there's still value in being able to use
IFLA_NET_NS_{FD,PID} in scenarios where the network namespace has been
created by another process. In this case we don't know what its netnsid
is and not even if it had been assigned one at creation time or not. In
this case it would be useful to refer to the netns via a pid or fd. A
more concrete and frequent example is querying a network namespace of a
(sorry for the buzzword :)) container for all defined network
interfaces.

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