Based on kernel version 3.9. Page generated on 2013-05-02 23:06 EST.
1 2 To support containers, we now allow multiple instances of devpts filesystem, 3 such that indices of ptys allocated in one instance are independent of indices 4 allocated in other instances of devpts. 5 6 To preserve backward compatibility, this support for multiple instances is 7 enabled only if: 8 9 - CONFIG_DEVPTS_MULTIPLE_INSTANCES=y, and 10 - '-o newinstance' mount option is specified while mounting devpts 11 12 IOW, devpts now supports both single-instance and multi-instance semantics. 13 14 If CONFIG_DEVPTS_MULTIPLE_INSTANCES=n, there is no change in behavior and 15 this referred to as the "legacy" mode. In this mode, the new mount options 16 (-o newinstance and -o ptmxmode) will be ignored with a 'bogus option' message 17 on console. 18 19 If CONFIG_DEVPTS_MULTIPLE_INSTANCES=y and devpts is mounted without the 20 'newinstance' option (as in current start-up scripts) the new mount binds 21 to the initial kernel mount of devpts. This mode is referred to as the 22 'single-instance' mode and the current, single-instance semantics are 23 preserved, i.e PTYs are common across the system. 24 25 The only difference between this single-instance mode and the legacy mode 26 is the presence of new, '/dev/pts/ptmx' node with permissions 0000, which 27 can safely be ignored. 28 29 If CONFIG_DEVPTS_MULTIPLE_INSTANCES=y and 'newinstance' option is specified, 30 the mount is considered to be in the multi-instance mode and a new instance 31 of the devpts fs is created. Any ptys created in this instance are independent 32 of ptys in other instances of devpts. Like in the single-instance mode, the 33 /dev/pts/ptmx node is present. To effectively use the multi-instance mode, 34 open of /dev/ptmx must be a redirected to '/dev/pts/ptmx' using a symlink or 35 bind-mount. 36 37 Eg: A container startup script could do the following: 38 39 $ chmod 0666 /dev/pts/ptmx 40 $ rm /dev/ptmx 41 $ ln -s pts/ptmx /dev/ptmx 42 $ ns_exec -cm /bin/bash 43 44 # We are now in new container 45 46 $ umount /dev/pts 47 $ mount -t devpts -o newinstance lxcpts /dev/pts 48 $ sshd -p 1234 49 50 where 'ns_exec -cm /bin/bash' calls clone() with CLONE_NEWNS flag and execs 51 /bin/bash in the child process. A pty created by the sshd is not visible in 52 the original mount of /dev/pts. 53 54 User-space changes 55 ------------------ 56 57 In multi-instance mode (i.e '-o newinstance' mount option is specified at least 58 once), following user-space issues should be noted. 59 60 1. If -o newinstance mount option is never used, /dev/pts/ptmx can be ignored 61 and no change is needed to system-startup scripts. 62 63 2. To effectively use multi-instance mode (i.e -o newinstance is specified) 64 administrators or startup scripts should "redirect" open of /dev/ptmx to 65 /dev/pts/ptmx using either a bind mount or symlink. 66 67 $ mount -t devpts -o newinstance devpts /dev/pts 68 69 followed by either 70 71 $ rm /dev/ptmx 72 $ ln -s pts/ptmx /dev/ptmx 73 $ chmod 666 /dev/pts/ptmx 74 or 75 $ mount -o bind /dev/pts/ptmx /dev/ptmx 76 77 3. The '/dev/ptmx -> pts/ptmx' symlink is the preferred method since it 78 enables better error-reporting and treats both single-instance and 79 multi-instance mounts similarly. 80 81 But this method requires that system-startup scripts set the mode of 82 /dev/pts/ptmx correctly (default mode is 0000). The scripts can set the 83 mode by, either 84 85 - adding ptmxmode mount option to devpts entry in /etc/fstab, or 86 - using 'chmod 0666 /dev/pts/ptmx' 87 88 4. If multi-instance mode mount is needed for containers, but the system 89 startup scripts have not yet been updated, container-startup scripts 90 should bind mount /dev/ptmx to /dev/pts/ptmx to avoid breaking single- 91 instance mounts. 92 93 Or, in general, container-startup scripts should use: 94 95 mount -t devpts -o newinstance -o ptmxmode=0666 devpts /dev/pts 96 if [ ! -L /dev/ptmx ]; then 97 mount -o bind /dev/pts/ptmx /dev/ptmx 98 fi 99 100 When all devpts mounts are multi-instance, /dev/ptmx can permanently be 101 a symlink to pts/ptmx and the bind mount can be ignored. 102 103 5. A multi-instance mount that is not accompanied by the /dev/ptmx to 104 /dev/pts/ptmx redirection would result in an unusable/unreachable pty. 105 106 mount -t devpts -o newinstance lxcpts /dev/pts 107 108 immediately followed by: 109 110 open("/dev/ptmx") 111 112 would create a pty, say /dev/pts/7, in the initial kernel mount. 113 But /dev/pts/7 would be invisible in the new mount. 114 115 6. The permissions for /dev/pts/ptmx node should be specified when mounting 116 /dev/pts, using the '-o ptmxmode=%o' mount option (default is 0000). 117 118 mount -t devpts -o newinstance -o ptmxmode=0644 devpts /dev/pts 119 120 The permissions can be later be changed as usual with 'chmod'. 121 122 chmod 666 /dev/pts/ptmx 123 124 7. A mount of devpts without the 'newinstance' option results in binding to 125 initial kernel mount. This behavior while preserving legacy semantics, 126 does not provide strict isolation in a container environment. i.e by 127 mounting devpts without the 'newinstance' option, a container could 128 get visibility into the 'host' or root container's devpts. 129 130 To workaround this and have strict isolation, all mounts of devpts, 131 including the mount in the root container, should use the newinstance 132 option.