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SubjectRe: PROPOSAL: dot-proc interface [was: /proc stuff]


On Sun, 4 Nov 2001, Linus Torvalds wrote:

> In article <20011104172742Z16629-26013+37@humbolt.nl.linux.org>,
> Daniel Phillips <phillips@bonn-fries.net> wrote:
> >On November 4, 2001 05:45 pm, Tim Jansen wrote:
> >> > The dot-proc file is basically a binary encoding of Lisp (or XML), e.g. it
> >> > is a list of elements, wherein an element can itself be a list (or a
> >>
> >> Why would anybody want a binary encoding?
> >
> >Because they have a computer?
>
> That's a stupid argument.
>
> The computer can parse anything.
>
> It's us _humans_ that are limited at parsing. We like text interfaces,
> because that's how we are brought up. We aren't good at binary, and
> we're not good at non-linear, "structured" interfaces.
>
> In contrast, a program can be taught to parse the ascii files quite
> well, and does not have the inherent limitations we humans have. Sure,
> it has _other_ limitations, but /proc being ASCII is sure as hell not
> one of them.
>
> In short: /proc is ASCII, and will so remain while I maintain a kernel.
> Anything else is stupid.
>
OHHH,
good sense at last!!
I was starting to worry

> Handling spaces and newlines is easy enough - see the patches from Al
> Viro, for example.
>
> Linus
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