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SubjectIs /proc ASCII or Binary?
Hi there.

There's been regular comments over the last few months on the above
topic, with several viewpoints from each side being put forth.
However, one apparently simple means of allowing BOTH to coexist has
just occurred to me, and I'd like to ask what's wrong with it before I
take it any further...

When a program opens a file for input, one of the flags it can set on
that file is the one indicating whether the file is in RAW or COOKED
mode. Is there any reason why we couldn't make use of this flag with
the /proc files, with RAW mode producing results in BINARY format
ready for direct input to another program, and COOKED mode producing a
human-readable ASCII output?

Best wishes from Riley.


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