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Date:	Tue, 23 Feb 2010 12:49:21 -0600
From:	"Serge E. Hallyn" <>
To:	Dan Smith <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/5] C/R: Basic support for network namespaces and
 devices (v4)

Quoting Dan Smith (
> SH> But there is no guarantee that the checkpointer is in the netns
> SH> which we would call the 'top level' netns.  Which means that, at
> SH> restart, whether or not the devices which are in what we call the
> SH> top level netns are in fact inherited or not, will depend on
> SH> conditions of the checkpointer.  Do we care?  (I thought we did,
> SH> but maybe we don't... it's unlikely to happen anyway)
> Well, when we discussed this on IRC with Oren, I think we came to the
> conclusion that since network namespaces aren't hierarchical, that we
> would restore things from the "viewpoint" of the process that
> checkpointed them.  It gives us a sane way to ensure that the peer
> devices residing in the init netns can be put back there, even though we
> don't checkpoint everything in the init netns (like eth0).
> If you checkpoint a veth from within the container and you have a peer
> device that is outside the container (but not in a netns that is
> checkpointed as part of a task), it's going to fail and tell you that
> one of your peers leaked to the outside.  I think that's sane and
> preferred behavior, no?

Well I don't think it is, but it's a fine starting point, so let's
worry about it later.


> If you're using macvlan and you checkpoint
> from within the container, I think you should be okay, as long as
> there is a appropriately named device to base the restored devices on
> in whatever netns your restore process is in.
> -- 
> Dan Smith
> IBM Linux Technology Center
> email:
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