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SubjectRe: rationale behind /proc filesystem? (wuz Re: 2.0, loggings....)
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 1996 22:09:28 +0200 (MET DST)
From: Michael Neuffer <>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.3.91.960612220310.451A-100000@kyle.i-Connect.Net>
On Tue, 11 Jun 1996, Bryn Paul Arnold Jones wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Jun 1996, Hasdi R Hashim wrote:
> > Why not add a syscall? Can somebody explain this me? :}
> >
> Hmm, well as far as I rember, we stole the idea from AT&T^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H
> saw it in some AT&T Unix, and 'borrowed' the idea ;)

Actually this comes from Plan9, a new designed OS from the AT&T labs

Right labs, wrong OS.
An earlier /proc was implemented by Tom Killian under
Eighth Edition Unix:

%K killian
%T Processes as Files
%A Killian, T.J.
%J USENIX Summer Conference Proceedings
%C Salt Lake City, Utah
%D June, 1984

plan9 contains one too, as do other recent Unix-like
operating systems.

Bruce Janson Email:
Basser Department of Computer Science Phone: +61-2-351-3423/4
University of Sydney, N.S.W., 2006, AUSTRALIA Fax: +61-2-351-3838

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