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RHEL7 Does Not Support User Namespace

The Linux kernel currently implements six (out of 10 proposed) namespaces for process separation: mnt – mount points, filesystems pid – processes net – network stack ipc – System V IPC uts – hostname, domainname user – UIDs, GIDs The last Linux namespace to be fully implemented was the user namespace (CLONE_NEWNS) whose implementation was finally completed in the 3.8 kernel after being started in the 2.6.23 kernel. The current kernel in RHEL7 is 3.10.0-121. Unfortunately it does not include the user namespace. According to Dan Walsh of Red Hat: We hope to add the user namespace support to a

Boycott Systemd

Finally people are beginning to wake up and understand that systemd and Lennart Poettering, who works for Red Hat, is a cancer that will destroy and splinter the Linux ecosystem. According to a new movement, boycottsystemd.org: It represents a monumental increase in complexity, an abhorrent and violent slap in the face to the Unix philosophy, and its inherent domineering and viral nature turns it into something akin to a “second kernel” that is spreading all across the Linux ecosystem. I could not agree more. systemd flies in the face of the Unix philosophy: “do one thing and do it well,”

YUM Package Installation Updating and Removal Forensics

In previous posts I examined the internals of RPM packages and the RPM database itself. In this post, I explore how to trace RPM package installation, update and removal on Linux distributions which use YUM (YellowDog Update Modified). If you examine /var/log/yum.log, an example of which is shown below, you will note that the date component of each entry includes the day and month but not the year. Feb 15 10:00:44 Updated: ibus-1.5.5-1.fc20.x86_64 Feb 15 10:00:45 Updated: ibus-gtk2-1.5.5-1.fc20.x86_64 Feb 15 10:00:47 Updated: python-boto-2.23.0-1.fc20.noarch Feb 15 10:00:48 Installed: python-dropbox-1.6-4.fc20.noarch Feb 15 10:00:56 Installed: python-crypto-2.6.1-1.fc20.x86_64 Feb 15 10:00:57 Installed: python-paramiko-1.10.1-2.fc20.noarch Feb 15