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IP-NETNS(8)			     Linux			   IP-NETNS(8)

       ip-netns - process network namespace management

       ip [ OPTIONS ] netns  { COMMAND | help }

       ip netns { list }

       ip netns { add | delete } NETNSNAME

       ip netns identify PID

       ip netns pids NETNSNAME

       ip netns exec NETNSNAME command ...

       ip netns monitor

       A network namespace is logically another copy of the network stack,
       with its own routes, firewall rules, and network devices.

       By convention a named network namespace is an object at
       /var/run/netns/NAME that can be opened.	The file descriptor resulting
       from opening /var/run/netns/NAME refers to the specified network names‐
       pace.  Holding that file descriptor open keeps the network namespace
       alive.  The file descriptor can be used with the setns(2) system call
       to change the network namespace associated with a task.

       For applications that are aware of network namespaces, the convention
       is to look for global network configuration files first in
       /etc/netns/NAME/ then in /etc/.	For example, if you want a different
       version of /etc/resolv.conf for a network namespace used to isolate
       your vpn you would name it /etc/netns/myvpn/resolv.conf.

       ip netns exec automates handling of this configuration, file convention
       for network namespace unaware applications, by creating a mount names‐
       pace and bind mounting all of the per network namespace configure files
       into their traditional location in /etc.

       ip netns list - show all of the named network namespaces

	      This command displays all of the network namespaces in

       ip netns add NAME - create a new named network namespace

	      If NAME is available in /var/run/netns/ this command creates a
	      new network namespace and assigns NAME.

       ip netns delete NAME - delete the name of a network namespace

	      If NAME is present in /var/run/netns it is umounted and the
	      mount point is removed.  If this is the last user of the network
	      namespace the network namespace will be freed, otherwise the
	      network namespace persists until it has no more users.  ip netns
	      delete may fail if the mount point is in use in another mount

       ip netns identify PID - Report network namespaces names for process

	      This command walks through /var/run/netns and finds all the net‐
	      work namespace names for network namespace of the specified

       ip netns pids NAME - Report processes in the named network namespace

	      This command walks through proc and finds all of the process who
	      have the named network namespace as their primary network names‐

       ip netns exec NAME cmd ... - Run cmd in the named network namespace

	      This command allows applications that are network namespace
	      unaware to be run in something other than the default network
	      namespace with all of the configuration for the specified net‐
	      work namespace appearing in the customary global locations.  A
	      network namespace and bind mounts are used to move files from
	      their network namespace specific location to their default loca‐
	      tions without affecting other processes.

       ip netns monitor - Report as network namespace names are added and

	      This command watches network namespace name addition and dele‐
	      tion events and prints a line for each event it sees.

       ip netns list
	      Shows the list of current named network namespaces

       ip netns add vpn
	      Creates a network namespace and names it vpn

       ip netns exec vpn ip link set lo up
	      Bring up the loopback interface in the vpn network namespace.


       Original Manpage by Eric W. Biederman

iproute2			  16 Jan 2013			   IP-NETNS(8)

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