External bind mounts
Typical external resource when dumping a container (especially LXC/Docker) -- is a mount point whose root sits outside of the container's root. This situation was intended to be resolved using plugins but turned out to be so frequent, that we introduced a non-plugin way of handling them.
What is external bind mount
The way to create such is simple as
mkdir /root mount --bind /foo /root/bar chroot /root
This is it. From now on, the /bar file is a mountpoint whose root (the source) is not accessible directly.
If you look at the /proc/$pid/mountinfo file of a task seeing such you would see smth like
11 23 8:3 /root / ... - ext4 /dev/sda1 ... 23 34 8:3 /foo /bar ... - ext4 /dev/sda1 ...
The columns 4 and 5 are root and mountpoint respectively. You can see, that the / is /root file from /dev/sda1 device and /bar file is a mountpoint with the root being /foo file from the same device.
How to teach CRIU to dump them
By default CRIU doesn't dump such mountpoints, because there's no way CRIU will be able to restore it -- the root of these mounts is out of the scope of what CRIU dumped. In the logs you would see the message like
34:/bar doesn't have a proper root mount
which will mean, that the mountpoint /bar has inaccessible root.
To dump and restore them there's the
--ext-mount-map KEY:VAL option that sets up external mounts root mapping.
On dump, KEY is a mountpoint inside container and correspoding VAL is a string that will be written into the image as mountpoint's root value.
On restore KEY is the value from the image (VAL from dump) and the VAL is the path on host that will be bind-mounted into container (to the mountpoint path from image).
For example, if we want to dump the task above we should call
criu dump ... --ext-mount-map /bar:barmount
barmount is an arbitrary identifier, that will be put in the image file instead of the original root path
criu show -f mountpoints.img -F mnt_id,root,mountpoint mnt_id: 0x22 root: barmount mountpoint: /bar
On restore we should tell CRIU where to bind mount the
barmount from like this
criu restore ... --ext-mount-map barmount:/foo
With this CRIU will bind mount the /foo into proper mountpoint.