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SubjectRe: [CFT][PATCH] large /proc/mounts and friends
On Mon, Oct 15, 2001 at 09:01:17PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:

But you're probably right that it doesn't really matter, and as we
really have "pipe" semantics we might as well dis-allow any lseek
except to the beginning (I know that there have been apps out
there that avoid re-opening /proc files by lseek'ing to zero and
re-reading - they may not be common enough to matter, though).

I always wondered why for a number of /proc entries that aren't really
files why we don't simply expose them as pipes as opposed to
zero-length files? Surely that will confuse fewer user-land programs
as well and feeling more technically correct?

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