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Date:	Thu, 20 Sep 2007 16:53:36 -0400
From:	Bill Davidsen <davidsen@....com>
To:	David Newall <david@...idnewall.com>
CC:	Philipp Marek <philipp@...ek.priv.at>, 7eggert@....de,
	Alan Cox <alan@...rguk.ukuu.org.uk>,
	majkls <majkls@...pere.com>, bunk@...tum.de,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: sys_chroot+sys_fchdir Fix

David Newall wrote:
> Philipp Marek wrote:
>> AFAIK pivot_root() changes the / mapping for *all* processes, no?
>>   
>
> The manual page is confusing.  It even admits to being "intentionally 
> vague".  However the goal seems clear:
>
>    "pivot_root() moves the root file system of the current process to
>    the directory put_old and makes new_root the new root file system of
>    the current process"
>    -- man 2 pivot_root
>
> There's an argument that pivot_root could be improved...
>
And very little argument that the man page could be improved, perhaps. 
However, there is no question that pivot_root is intended to have 
breadth for more than one process.

Keeping this functionality sounds a little like putting a bow tie and 
tux on your bug and calling it a "feature." Not all bugs are useless for 
legitimate purposes, but it doesn't make them safe. It appears to be a 
sort-of way to get per-process bind mounts.

-- 
bill davidsen <davidsen@....com>
  CTO TMR Associates, Inc
  Doing interesting things with small computers since 1979

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