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SubjectRe: LANANA: To Pending Device Number Registrants
johannes@erdfelt.com (Johannes Erdfelt)  wrote on 17.05.01 in <20010517184636.L32405@sventech.com>:

> On Thu, May 17, 2001, Kai Henningsen <kaih@khms.westfalen.de> wrote:
> > johannes@erdfelt.com (Johannes Erdfelt) wrote on 15.05.01 in
> > <20010515154325.Z5599@sventech.com>:
> >
> > > I had always made the assumption that sockets were created because you
> > > couldn't easily map IPv4 semantics onto filesystems. It's unreasonable
> > > to have a file for every possible IP address/port you can communicate
> > > with.
> >
> > Not at all. What is unreasonable is douing a "ls" on the directory in
> > question.
> >
> > Big deal; make it mode d--x--x--x. Problem solved.
> >
> > And I'm pretty certain stuff like that *has* been done - wasn't there a
> > ftp file system where you could "ls /mountpoint/ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux"?
>
> I think this is the difference between reasonable and unreasonable.

What's unreasonable about it?

> I'm sure it could be done, but should it?

Well, the author of the Midnight Commander seems to think it should.

MfG Kai
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