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NAME

       unshare - disassociate parts of the process execution context

SYNOPSIS

       #define _GNU_SOURCE
       #include <sched.h>

       int unshare(int flags);

DESCRIPTION

       unshare() allows a process (or thread) to disassociate parts of its execution context that
       are currently being shared with other processes  (or  threads).   Part  of  the  execution
       context,  such  as the mount namespace, is shared implicitly when a new process is created
       using fork(2) or vfork(2), while other parts, such as virtual memory,  may  be  shared  by
       explicit request when creating a process or thread using clone(2).

       The  main  use  of unshare() is to allow a process to control its shared execution context
       without creating a new process.

       The flags argument is a bit mask that specifies  which  parts  of  the  execution  context
       should  be  unshared.   This  argument  is specified by ORing together zero or more of the
       following constants:

       CLONE_FILES
              Reverse the effect of the clone(2) CLONE_FILES flag.  Unshare the  file  descriptor
              table,  so  that the calling process no longer shares its file descriptors with any
              other process.

       CLONE_FS
              Reverse the effect of the clone(2) CLONE_FS flag.  Unshare  filesystem  attributes,
              so  that  the  calling  process  no  longer  shares its root directory (chroot(2)),
              current directory  (chdir(2)),  or  umask  (umask(2))  attributes  with  any  other
              process.

       CLONE_NEWCGROUP (since Linux 4.6)
              This  flag  has  the same effect as the clone(2) CLONE_NEWCGROUP flag.  Unshare the
              cgroup namespace.  Use of CLONE_NEWCGROUP requires the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability.

       CLONE_NEWIPC (since Linux 2.6.19)
              This flag has the same effect as the clone(2) CLONE_NEWIPC flag.  Unshare  the  IPC
              namespace,  so  that  the  calling  process has a private copy of the IPC namespace
              which is not shared with any other process.   Specifying  this  flag  automatically
              implies  CLONE_SYSVSEM  as  well.   Use  of CLONE_NEWIPC requires the CAP_SYS_ADMIN
              capability.

       CLONE_NEWNET (since Linux 2.6.24)
              This flag has the same effect as  the  clone(2)  CLONE_NEWNET  flag.   Unshare  the
              network  namespace,  so  that  the  calling  process  is  moved  into a new network
              namespace which is not  shared  with  any  previously  existing  process.   Use  of
              CLONE_NEWNET requires the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability.

       CLONE_NEWNS
              This  flag has the same effect as the clone(2) CLONE_NEWNS flag.  Unshare the mount
              namespace, so that the calling process has a private copy of its namespace which is
              not  shared  with  any  other  process.  Specifying this flag automatically implies
              CLONE_FS as well.  Use of CLONE_NEWNS requires the CAP_SYS_ADMIN  capability.   For
              further information, see mount_namespaces(7).

       CLONE_NEWPID (since Linux 3.8)
              This  flag  has the same effect as the clone(2) CLONE_NEWPID flag.  Unshare the PID
              namespace, so that the calling process has a new PID  namespace  for  its  children
              which  is  not shared with any previously existing process.  The calling process is
              not moved into the new namespace.  The first child created by the  calling  process
              will  have  the  process  ID  1  and  will  assume  the  role of init(1) in the new
              namespace.  CLONE_NEWPID  automatically  implies  CLONE_THREAD  as  well.   Use  of
              CLONE_NEWPID  requires  the CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability.  For further information, see
              pid_namespaces(7).

       CLONE_NEWUSER (since Linux 3.8)
              This flag has the same effect as the clone(2) CLONE_NEWUSER flag.  Unshare the user
              namespace,  so that the calling process is moved into a new user namespace which is
              not shared with any previously existing process.  As with the child process created
              by  clone(2)  with  the  CLONE_NEWUSER  flag,  the  caller  obtains  a  full set of
              capabilities in the new namespace.

              CLONE_NEWUSER requires  that  the  calling  process  is  not  threaded;  specifying
              CLONE_NEWUSER  automatically  implies CLONE_THREAD.  Since Linux 3.9, CLONE_NEWUSER
              also automatically implies CLONE_FS.  CLONE_NEWUSER requires that the user  ID  and
              group  ID  of  the calling process are mapped to user IDs and group IDs in the user
              namespace of the calling process at the time of the call.

              For further information on user namespaces, see user_namespaces(7).

       CLONE_NEWUTS (since Linux 2.6.19)
              This flag has the same effect as the clone(2) CLONE_NEWUTS flag.  Unshare  the  UTS
              IPC  namespace, so that the calling process has a private copy of the UTS namespace
              which is not shared with any other  process.   Use  of  CLONE_NEWUTS  requires  the
              CAP_SYS_ADMIN capability.

       CLONE_SYSVSEM (since Linux 2.6.26)
              This flag reverses the effect of the clone(2) CLONE_SYSVSEM flag.  Unshare System V
              semaphore adjustment (semadj) values, so that the calling process has a  new  empty
              semadj list that is not shared with any other process.  If this is the last process
              that has a reference to the process's current semadj list, then the adjustments  in
              that list are applied to the corresponding semaphores, as described in semop(2).

       In  addition,  CLONE_THREAD,  CLONE_SIGHAND, and CLONE_VM can be specified in flags if the
       caller is single threaded (i.e., it is not sharing its address space with another  process
       or  thread).   In  this  case,  these  flags  have  no effect.  (Note also that specifying
       CLONE_THREAD automatically implies CLONE_VM, and specifying CLONE_VM automatically implies
       CLONE_SIGHAND.)   If  the process is multithreaded, then the use of these flags results in
       an error.

       If flags is specified as zero, then unshare() is a no-op;  no  changes  are  made  to  the
       calling process's execution context.

RETURN VALUE

       On  success,  zero  returned.  On failure, -1 is returned and errno is set to indicate the
       error.

ERRORS

       EINVAL An invalid bit was specified in flags.

       EINVAL CLONE_THREAD, CLONE_SIGHAND, or CLONE_VM was specified in flags, and the caller  is
              multithreaded.

       EINVAL CLONE_NEWIPC  was  specified  in  flags, but the kernel was not configured with the
              CONFIG_SYSVIPC and CONFIG_IPC_NS options.

       EINVAL CLONE_NEWNET was specified in flags, but the kernel was  not  configured  with  the
              CONFIG_NET_NS option.

       EINVAL CLONE_NEWPID  was  specified  in  flags, but the kernel was not configured with the
              CONFIG_PID_NS option.

       EINVAL CLONE_NEWUSER was specified in flags, but the kernel was not  configured  with  the
              CONFIG_USER_NS option.

       EINVAL CLONE_NEWUTS  was  specified  in  flags, but the kernel was not configured with the
              CONFIG_UTS_NS option.

       EINVAL CLONE_NEWPID was  specified  in  flags,  but  the  process  has  previously  called
              unshare() with the CLONE_NEWPID flag.

       ENOMEM Cannot allocate sufficient memory to copy parts of caller's context that need to be
              unshared.

       ENOSPC (since Linux 3.7)
              CLONE_NEWPID was specified in flags, but the limit on  the  nesting  depth  of  PID
              namespaces would have been exceeded; see pid_namespaces(7).

       ENOSPC (since Linux 4.9; beforehand EUSERS)
              CLONE_NEWUSER  was  specified  in  flags, and the call would cause the limit on the
              number of nested user namespaces to be exceeded.  See user_namespaces(7).

              From Linux 3.11 to Linux 4.8, the error diagnosed in this case was EUSERS.

       ENOSPC (since Linux 4.9)
              One of the values in flags specified the creation of  a  new  user  namespace,  but
              doing  so  would  have  caused  the  limit  defined  by  the  corresponding file in
              /proc/sys/user to be exceeded.  For further details, see namespaces(7).

       EPERM  The calling process did not have the required privileges for this operation.

       EPERM  CLONE_NEWUSER was specified in flags, but either  the  effective  user  ID  or  the
              effective  group  ID  of the caller does not have a mapping in the parent namespace
              (see user_namespaces(7)).

       EPERM (since Linux 3.9)
              CLONE_NEWUSER was specified in flags and the caller  is  in  a  chroot  environment
              (i.e.,  the  caller's root directory does not match the root directory of the mount
              namespace in which it resides).

       EUSERS (from Linux 3.11 to Linux 4.8)
              CLONE_NEWUSER was specified in flags, and the limit on the number  of  nested  user
              namespaces would be exceeded.  See the discussion of the ENOSPC error above.

VERSIONS

       The unshare() system call was added to Linux in kernel 2.6.16.

CONFORMING TO

       The unshare() system call is Linux-specific.

NOTES

       Not  all  of the process attributes that can be shared when a new process is created using
       clone(2) can be unshared using unshare().  In particular, as at kernel 3.8, unshare() does
       not  implement flags that reverse the effects of CLONE_SIGHAND, CLONE_THREAD, or CLONE_VM.
       Such functionality may be added in the future, if required.

EXAMPLE

       The program below provides a  simple  implementation  of  the  unshare(1)  command,  which
       unshares  one  or  more  namespaces  and executes the command supplied in its command-line
       arguments.  Here's an example of the use of this program, running a shell in a  new  mount
       namespace,  and  verifying that the original shell and the new shell are in separate mount
       namespaces:

           $ readlink /proc/$$/ns/mnt
           mnt:[4026531840]
           $ sudo ./unshare -m /bin/bash
           # readlink /proc/$$/ns/mnt
           mnt:[4026532325]

       The differing output of the two readlink(1) commands shows that  the  two  shells  are  in
       different mount namespaces.

   Program source

       /* unshare.c

          A simple implementation of the unshare(1) command: unshare
          namespaces and execute a command.
       */
       #define _GNU_SOURCE
       #include <sched.h>
       #include <unistd.h>
       #include <stdlib.h>
       #include <stdio.h>

       /* A simple error-handling function: print an error message based
          on the value in 'errno' and terminate the calling process */

       #define errExit(msg)    do { perror(msg); exit(EXIT_FAILURE); \
                               } while (0)

       static void
       usage(char *pname)
       {
           fprintf(stderr, "Usage: %s [options] program [arg...]\n", pname);
           fprintf(stderr, "Options can be:\n");
           fprintf(stderr, "    -i   unshare IPC namespace\n");
           fprintf(stderr, "    -m   unshare mount namespace\n");
           fprintf(stderr, "    -n   unshare network namespace\n");
           fprintf(stderr, "    -p   unshare PID namespace\n");
           fprintf(stderr, "    -u   unshare UTS namespace\n");
           fprintf(stderr, "    -U   unshare user namespace\n");
           exit(EXIT_FAILURE);
       }

       int
       main(int argc, char *argv[])
       {
           int flags, opt;

           flags = 0;

           while ((opt = getopt(argc, argv, "imnpuU")) != -1) {
               switch (opt) {
               case 'i': flags |= CLONE_NEWIPC;        break;
               case 'm': flags |= CLONE_NEWNS;         break;
               case 'n': flags |= CLONE_NEWNET;        break;
               case 'p': flags |= CLONE_NEWPID;        break;
               case 'u': flags |= CLONE_NEWUTS;        break;
               case 'U': flags |= CLONE_NEWUSER;       break;
               default:  usage(argv[0]);
               }
           }

           if (optind >= argc)
               usage(argv[0]);

           if (unshare(flags) == -1)
               errExit("unshare");

           execvp(argv[optind], &argv[optind]);
           errExit("execvp");
       }

SEE ALSO

       unshare(1), clone(2), fork(2), kcmp(2), setns(2), vfork(2), namespaces(7)

       Documentation/userspace-api/unshare.rst    in   the   Linux   kernel   source   tree   (or
       Documentation/unshare.txt before Linux 4.12)

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