cvs commit: src/usr.sbin/jexec jexec.8 jexec.c

Robert Watson rwatson at
Fri May 30 15:40:29 UTC 2008

On Fri, 30 May 2008, Ceri Davies wrote:

>>>> Thats something that the admin should take care for.
>>> How might they do that?  Remember that any command that works only when 
>>> the jail IP is "unambiguous" will become effectively non-deterministic as 
>>> a result of un-garbage collected jails.  So
>> Is it feasible to change the hostname of a dying jail? We could prefix it 
>> with some string at some point of the shutdown...
> We'd be better off just dropping all the connections at that point.

TCP TIME_WAIT exists for a reason that it is better not to disregard.  This 
question gets a bit more complicated in light of vimage, which is something 
we'll need to discuss at the August developer summit.

Also, TIME_WAIT is just one example of a jail persisting due to continuing 
references to a credential -- there are other legitimate, albeit less common, 
reasons that it may occur, and those are also valid use cases.

Robert N M Watson
Computer Laboratory
University of Cambridge

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