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=== Description (from pull-request) ===
Signed-off-by: Christian Brauner <>
From d4096b667a2a2d0cca2773e12e579bfc9675eb8f Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Christian Brauner <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:29:34 +0200
Subject: [PATCH] README: update

Signed-off-by: Christian Brauner <>
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 1 file changed, 40 insertions(+), 8 deletions(-)

diff --git a/ b/
index b307d8f..2f24d6a 100644
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@@ -1,15 +1,31 @@
 # lxcfs
 ## Introduction
-FUSE filesystem for LXC, offering the following features:
- - a cgroupfs compatible view for unprivileged containers
- - a set of cgroup-aware files:
-   - cpuinfo
-   - meminfo
-   - stat
-   - uptime
+LXCFS is a small FUSE filesystem written with the intention of making Linux
+containers feel more like a virtual machine. It started of as a side-project of
+`LXC` but is by now useable by any runtime.
-In other words, it will provide an emulated `/proc` and `/sys/fs/cgroup` 
folder for the containers.
+LXCFS will take care that the information provided by crucial files in `procfs`
+such as:
+are container aware such that the values displayed (e.g. in `/proc/uptime`)
+really reflect how long the container is running and not how long the host is
+Prior to the implementation of cgroup namespaces by Serge Hallyn `LXCFS` also
+provided a container aware `cgroupfs` tree. It took care that the container
+only had access to cgroups underneath it's own cgroups and thus provided
+additional safety. For systems without support for cgroup namespaces `LXCFS`
+will still provide this feature.
 ## Usage
 The recommended command to run lxcfs is:
@@ -17,6 +33,10 @@ The recommended command to run lxcfs is:
     sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/lxcfs
     sudo lxcfs /var/lib/lxcfs
+A container runtime wishing to use `LXCFS` should then bind mount the
+approriate files into the correct places on container startup.
+### LXC
 In order to use lxcfs with systemd-based containers, you can either use
 LXC 1.1 in which case it should work automatically, or otherwise, copy
 the `lxc.mount.hook` and `lxc.reboot.hook` files (once built) from this tree to
@@ -28,3 +48,15 @@ lxc.autodev = 1
 lxc.kmsg = 0
 lxc.include = /usr/share/lxc/config/common.conf.d/00-lxcfs.conf
+## Upgrading LXCFS without breaking running containers
+LXCFS is implemented using a simple shared library without any external
+dependencies other than `FUSE`. It is completely reloadable without having to
+umount it. This ensures that container can be kept running even when the shared
+library is upgraded.
+To force a reload of the shared library at the next possible instance simply
+send `SIGUSR1` to the pid of the running `LXCFS` process. This can be as simple
+as doing:
+    kill -s USR1 $(pidof lxcfs)
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