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    SubjectRe: procfs bloat, syscall bloat [in reference to cpu affinity]

    On Tue, 27 Nov 2001, Joe Korty wrote:

    > So my rule is, services of the first kind, the ones that are simple
    > and eternal, should be system calls, while the quirky second kind
    > should be consigned soley to the proc fs.
    > I feel that the cpu affinity services are of the first kind. They are
    > very simple, very conceptual services that have absolutely no tie in
    > to any architecture other than it be SMP, and even on uniprocessors
    > they reduce down gracefully to the null state. [...]

    yep, agreed. Also, /proc might not be mounted in eg. a chroot environment.
    (a number of security-conscious servers do this.) Or it might not be
    mounted at all, for whatever reason.

    > I am not against a proc interface per se, I would like a proc
    > interface, especially for the reading of affinity values. But in my
    > view the system call interface should also exist and it should be the
    > dominate way of communicating affinity to processes.

    i'm not against the /proc interface either - on the contrary, i've picked
    it when implementing /proc/irq/<NR>/smp_affinity.


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