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SubjectRe: PROPOSAL: dot-proc interface [was: /proc stuff]
On Mon, 5 Nov 2001, Ben Greear wrote:

> I would rather have a header block, as well as docs in the
> source. If the header cannot easily explain it, then the header
> can have a URL or other link to the full explanation.

I think you've hit the core of the problem. There is no magical
bullet which will stop badly written userland programs from
breaking, but the kernel developers should have the courtesy
of providing documentation for the /proc files so the writers
of userland programs can have an idea what to expect.

The inline docbook stuff in the kernel should make it easy for
kernel developers to keep code and documentation in sync, while
also making it easy to generate documentation in a format which
is nice to read ;)

regards,

Rik
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