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SubjectPROPOSAL: dot-proc interface [was: /proc stuff]

Here's my stab at the problems - please comment,

We want to avoid these problems:
1) It is hard to parse (some) /proc files from userspace
2) As /proc files change, parsers must be changed in userspace

Still, we want to keep on offering
3) Human readable /proc files with some amount of pretty-printing
4) A /proc fs that can be changed as the kernel needs those changes


Taking care of (3) and (4):

Maintaining the current /proc files is very simple, and it offers the system
administrator a lot of functionality that isn't reasonable to take away now.

* They should stay in a form close to the current one *


Taking care of (1) and (2):

For each file "f" in /proc, there will be a ".f" file which is a
machine-readable version of "f", with the difference that it may contain extra
information that one may not want to present to the user in "f".

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 character string,
or a host-native numeric type. Thus, (key,value) pairs and lists thereof are
possible, as well as tree structures etc.

All data types are stored in the architecture-native format, and a simple
library should be sufficient to parse any dot-proc file.


So, we need a small change in procfs that does not in any way break
compatibility - and we need a few lines of C under LGPL to interface with it.

Tell me what you think - It is possible that I could do this (or something
close) in the near future, unless someone shows me the problem with the
approach.

Thank you,

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