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SubjectRe: CORBA vs 9P

I think that I addressed most if not all of this email in my previous
one... let me know if I missed something.

-Chris

btw, thanks for putting up with me, I know I can be obstinate
sometimes. :)

On Wed, 13 Dec 2000, Alexander Viro wrote:

>
>
> On Wed, 13 Dec 2000, Chris Lattner wrote:
>
> > > > Okay, so there are _stubs_ for these platforms. How many languages are
> > > > there bindings for?
> > > Grr... Let's define the terms, OK? What is available: kernel code that
> > > represents the client side of RPC as a filesystem. Userland clients do
> > > not know (or care) about the mechanisms involved.
> >
> > But they DO CARE about the format of the data.
>
> And how would CORBA help here? Because format changes are usually coming
> from the _contents_ changes. And if you don't care about the contents -
> why the hell do you retrieve the object int the first place?
>
> > > And files with structure are things of dreadful past. BTDT.
> > > You really need to... work with an OS that would have and enforce
> > > "structured files" <spit> to appreciate the beauty of ASCII streams.
> >
> > Ahhh, so ASCII streams are a wonderful thing. Are you an XML fan? :)
>
> No, thanks.
>
> > > However, that's a different story. What I _really_ don't understand
> > > is the need to export anything structured from kernel to userland.
> >
> > Okay, how about a few examples. How about /proc/meminfo? How about the
> > "stat" structure? How about /proc/stat? You seem to be indicating that
> > ASCII files are fine for general exportation of kernel information. The
>
> Yes, _if_ you take care to think what you are exporting. /proc/meminfo is
> a shi..ning example of _not_ doing that over many years.
>
> > /proc filesystem begs to differ. One specific example is the
> > /proc/meminfo file. Why is it that one field is 0 now? Ouch we can't
> > change the format of the file because we'll break some program. Crap, you
> > want to add a field, well, tough luck.
>
> Oh, cool. So CORBA would magically change the definition of the structure in
> your (C/Modula-3/APL/COBOL) programs. How? And what would happen with the
> code that used to access the field in question?
>
> > The struct stat example is one _trivial_ example of "the need to export
> > anything structured from kernel to userland".
>
> It's a trivial example of "why you need to think before deciding what to
> export".
>
> > > IOW, I would really like to see a description of use of your
> > > mechanism. If it's something along the lines of "let's take a network
> > > card driver, implement it in userland and preserve the current API" -
> > > see the comment about layering violations. You've taken an internal
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> > > API and exposed it to userland in all gory details. See also your own
> > > comment about internal APIs being not convenient for such operations.
> >
> > I'm not trying to dictate interfaces. I'm not trying to tell people what
> > to use this stuff for. I'm arguing that it's useful and that you can do
> > very interesting things with it.
>
> And when interface changes, you do what, exactly?
>
> > > If it's something else - I wonder what kind of objects you are talking
> > > about and why opaque stuff (== file descriptors) would not be sufficient.
> >
> > Opaque stuff is fine. I have no problem with file descriptors. They
> > effectively solve the exact same class of problems that CORBA does, except
> > that they add significant _API BLOAT_ because every little "method" that
> > implements them gets a syscall.
>
> Huh? Could you elaborate, please?
>
>

-Chris

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