[Filesystems-devel] Bug#863166: aufs-dkms: Please enable CONFIG_AUFS_XATTR

Geoffrey Thomas geofft at ldpreload.com
Mon Jul 24 14:43:59 UTC 2017

On Mon, 22 May 2017, Geoffrey Thomas wrote:

> Can you enable CONFIG_AUFS_XATTR in config.mk for aufs? This allows aufs to 
> support file capabilities (getcap/setcap) in aufs filesystems. Support has 
> existed in aufs since early 2015 but the flag is off by default.
> The lack of this option is a problem for Docker users:
> https://github.com/moby/moby/issues/5650
> https://stackoverflow.com/questions/44117543/getcap-setcap-not-working-in-docker-container-with-debian-stretch-host
> I've tested that setting `CONFIG_AUFS_XATTR = y` in config.mk, and rebuilding 
> the DKMS module, causes running getcap inside Docker to start working.
> If it's possible to get this enabled for Stretch (either in the release or 
> via stretch-backports), that would be very helpful -- it looks like the 
> config option only enables setxattr etc. to be used on aufs inodes, so the 
> risk of regressions is pretty low.

Hi maintainers,

Now that the freeze is over, can we get this change in buster and 
stretch-backports? Let me know if there's something I can do to help, 
e.g., test packages with this change in.


Geoffrey Thomas
geofft at ldpreload.com

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