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    SubjectRe: procfs problems
    On Fri, 18 Apr 1997, Christopher Horn wrote:
    > Dan Hollis wrote:
    > > If you look at the current pci.c, it is going to be exceedingly difficult
    > > to jettison part of the tables, and only keep others.
    > Well, maybe restructure isn't quite the right word, but it could be
    > done.

    Would it be worth the effort, vs. just dumping the whole thing into a
    userspace program?

    > > I think rewriting current stuff that uses procfs to use the sysctl()
    > > interface would end up being a big win overall.
    > I think the design goal behind the sysctl interface was different. While
    > it could probably be used to eliminate some of the proc files like
    > cmdline and cpuinfo, there are many others it can not easily handle.


    > > I still maintain that the pci parser belongs in user space.
    > Also a valid solution, which saves a little room from the start. A
    > utility could be called as part of the system startup that reported on
    > installed devices and notified the user of unknown devices it may have
    > found.

    Seeing as that the kernel doesn't display this information on bootup as it
    stands now, why change the behaviour?


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