[libvirt-users] Reg: Difference between chroot & pivot_root

Daniel P. Berrange berrange at redhat.com
Mon Sep 12 11:14:16 UTC 2011

On Tue, Sep 06, 2011 at 01:02:14PM -0400, Alphonse Hansel Anthony wrote:
> Hi,
>    What is the difference between chroot & pivot_root.
>    They don't seem obvious based on the man pages apart from the below
> mentioned
>    caveats.
>    1) Inherited Open file descriptors, have to be explicitly closed.
>    2) Does not change CWD of the process, which can be overcome by doing a
> chdir before & after chroot call.
>    Any information on this would be useful.

I assume you are asking wrt the libvirt LXC driver, which uses pivot_root
instead of chroot() when setting up the guest. The primary reason for this
is that chroot() is escapable, where as pivot_root() is not.


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