erdgeist at erdgeist.org
Mon Jul 24 17:45:08 UTC 2006
I'm currently looking for a standardized way to 'reboot' jails from
within. 'shutdown' is a simple one, just issue 'kill -TERM -1' and you're
Now, rebooting generally involves starting up the jail afterwards.
One way that works from a shell started via jexec would be to 'kill
-TERM -1' all processes and execve into whatever is supposed to be the
kickoff command, e.g. /bin/sh /etc/rc. However, doing this from a shell
that has been run from sshd results in killing the sshd and thus the shell
trying to restart the jail.
Another way would be to have a daemon waiting in the host system that is
checking jids in /var/run/jail_*.id say all 5 Minutes and if pgrep returns
anything than 0, the jail is being restarted (you may combine that with
some conditions, say having a file '/.rebootme' under jail's root
This approach is more a watchdog than a reboot mechanism, you would need
to do unintuitive stuff like adding a line to crontab (where it would even
run if no jails are active, which sucks). One could use an 'at +5m
$prefix/bin/watchdog' in the script that starts the jail in the first
place which calls itself the same way.
All this is annoying to track, a watchdog script sleeping in the
background would more easily be visible in ps. And, waiting for the host
system to finally rerun to jail may cost many boring admin-5min-periods.
Maybe someone can help me out with a cool idea.
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