[pve-devel] [PATCH pve-container 1/1] Adding new mount point type named 'zfs' to let configure a ZFS dataset as mount point for LXC container

Fabian Grünbichler f.gruenbichler at proxmox.com
Thu May 11 14:25:34 CEST 2023

> Konstantin <frank030366 at hotmail.com> hat am 11.05.2023 13:56 CEST geschrieben:
> Hello,
> > nit: for single patches, there is no need to add a coverletter. also, please include relevant information in the commit message!
> I'm new here, so sorry - will follow rules in future.

no worries! check out https://pve.proxmox.com/wiki/Developer_Documentation if you haven't already :)

> >could you give a reason why you want to hide the container contents from the host?
> I'll try to explain my points. I'm using Proxmox as a base for my home NAS in addition with possibility to setup some test environments to play around. So one LXC container is playing NAS role - it has all required software installed (samba/ftp/etc) and have a big volume mounted for data storage (8-10TB). If it will be created and configured as proxmox builtin storage volume (using ZFS storage provider) I have at least 3 points which I'm not comfortable with:
> - this big dataset will be mounted to PVE host and will be visible and accessible from host so every (for example) file search operation will be affected by this dataset. I would like to narrow any such file operation only to host related stuff, not to my NAS data;

most tools have ways to exclude certain paths ;)

> - in addition while operating on host I have a probability to accidentally affect or destroy my NAS data so I'd like to avoid this possibility anyway;

IMHO that's what backups are for, but I get the point.

> - simple "pct destroy" command will destroy all proxmox storage provided mount points as well. I'd like to avoid such possibilty anyway.

you could "protect" the guest:

$ pct set XXXX -protection 1
$ pct destroy XXXX
can't remove CT XXXX - protection mode enabled

another alternative would be to use a (protected) VM - no regular ZFS dataset, no visibility on the host.

> As I see in pve-container code - only bind mount and block device mount can be used as non-proxmox volume. But bind mount isn't acceptable for me according to points above. ZFS dataset isn't a block device - so it cannot be mounted using standard notation in LXC config. That's why I'm proposing this patch - it adds the capality to use ZFS filesystem as mount point for LXC container. With this functionality I can just add the following line (or configure with pct) to LXC container config:
> mp1: tank/nas-data,mp=/data
> And after that ZFS dataset "tank/nas-data" will be mounted inside container and will not be exposed to host (of course mountpoint=legacy should be set for this dataset). Maybe other more elegant ways possible to implement this but this the only way I've found.

the two existing special cases besides PVE-managed volumes have a rather big use case - passing through existing hard disks or partitions (shared with VMs, which have the same feature), and passing in host directories. this would be a very niche feature only applying to one specific storage type, so changing the syntax (and adding checks all over the place) would not be worth it.

but like I said, it can be implemented more properly as well - currently we say "a non-snapshot ZFS volume managed by PVE is always mounted on the host and can be bind-mounted", but we could just as well say "a non-snapshot ZFS volume is mounted directly via mount", either in general, or opt-in via flag in storage.cfg, or just for mountpoint=legacy/none mountpoints (e.g., where PVE::Storage::path returns a special value? or ..). nothing with regards to the container config syntax would change, just the mountpoint handling in pve-container (and the part in pve-storage that currently does the host-side mounting in activate_volume).

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