[Lxc-users] Container start unmounts shared bind mounts

Ivan Vilata i Balaguer ivan at selidor.net
Sat Feb 11 19:55:56 UTC 2012

Serge Hallyn (2012-02-11 00:08:10 +0100) wrote:

> Quoting Ivan Vilata i Balaguer (ivan at selidor.net):
>> Serge Hallyn (2012-02-10 16:05:19 +0100) wrote:
>> > mv /usr/bin/lxc-start /usr/bin/lxc-start.real
>> >
>> > cat > /usr/bin/lxc-start.mid << EOF
>> > mount --make-unbindable /lxc-shared
>> > mount --make-shared /lxc-shared
> Oops, this isn't right.  I think I just meant
> cat > /usr/bin/lxc-start.mid << EOF
> mount --make-rslave /lxc-shared
> exec /usr/bin/lxc-start.real $*
>> > exec /usr/bin/lxc-start.real $*
>> > EOF
>> >
>> > cat > /usr/bin/lxc-start << EOF
>> > lxc-unshare -s MOUNT -- /usr/bin/lxc-start.mid $*
>> > EOF
>> >
>> > chmod ugo+x /usr/bin/lxc-start{,.mid}

Yup, the new one did work! :)

>> Well, I'm actually trying on the host to mount and unmount file systems
>> I don't know beforehand *while myvm is running* under subdirectories in
>> /lxc-shared,
> You've lost me here (I don't understand what you're saying), but

Sorry, tried to stuff too much into too few words. :D

What I want to do is set up a shared directory /lxc-shared in the host,
which will appear as /shared in myvm.  While myvm is running, I'll be
binding host directories to /lxc-shared/foo, /lxc-shared/bar and other
subdirs I don't know beforehand so that they become visible as
/shared/foo, /shared/bar etc. at myvm.  I don't need other containers to
access /lxc-shared (and of course I don't want them to accidentaly
unmount things from it when starting).

>> but running myvm through the scripts you suggest creates a
>> new namespace so that myvm no longer sees mounts done by the host.
> Note that you're still supposed to do
> 	mount --bind /lxc-shared /lxc-shared
> 	mount --make-shared /lxc-shared /lxc-shared
> at host boot.  Then creating a new namespace shouldn't stop myvm from
> seeing new mounts done by the host.  The reason I was creating that new
> namespace was so that the mount --make-rslave wouldn't happen in the
> host's namespace.

Yes, I was already doing that before starting myvm.  Indeed, your fix
above made the sharing work as expected.

> But in any case, like I say I think it'd be worth adding explicit
> support through the config file for this.

Running the containers through your scripts do the trick, but having an
option in myvm's config file to make the host's /lxc-shared directory
shared only for this container (so that other containers don't need to
go through lxc-unshare & --make-rslave) would be great.  Does that fit
the behaviour of the new config entries you suggest?

Anyway, thanks a lot for you help!
Ivan Vilata i Balaguer -- https://elvil.net/

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