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SubjectRe: [RFD w/info-PATCH] device arguments from lookup, partion code
On Sat, May 19, 2001 at 03:02:47PM +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
> > ioctls are evil, period. At least with these names you can use normal
> > scripting and don't need any special tools. Every ioctl means a binary
> > that has no business to exist.
>
> That is not IMHO a rational argument. It isn't my fault that your shell does
> not support ioctls usefully. If you used perl as your login shell you would
> have no problem there.

Sure, you're right, but Al's point is that you shouldn't need to.

One of the fundamentals of Unix is that "everything is a file" and that
you can do everything by reading or writing that file. The devices are
the big exception, they need ioctls to control them. With Al's proposal
we can get rid of the ioctls and let the devices behave like normal
files.


Erik
[who remembers a discussion like this years ago on comp.os.linux.kernel
with similar conclusion: ioctls are bad, we should get rid of them]

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