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SubjectRe: PROPOSAL: /proc standards (was dot-proc interface [was: /proc

On 20011106 Erik Hensema wrote:
>Stephen Satchell ( wrote:
>>The RIGHT tool to fix the problem is the pen, not the coding pad. I
>>hereby pick up that pen and put forth version of the
>>Rules of /Proc:
>>7) The /proc data may include comments. Comments start when an unescaped
>>hash character "#" is seen, and end at the next newline \n. Comments may
>>appear on a line of data, and the unescaped # shall be treated as end of
>>data for that line.

Well, perhaps this is a stupid idea. But I throw it.
ASCII is good for humans, bin is good to read all info easily in a program.
Lets have both.

Once I thought the solution could be to make /proc entries behave
differently in two scenarios. Lets suppose you could open files in ASCII
or binary mode. An entry opened in ASCII returns printable info and opened
in binary does the binay output. As there is no concept of ASCII or binary
files in low-level file management, the O_DIRECT flag (or any new flag) could
be used.

And (supposing all fies in /proc are 0-sized) perhaps a seek position could be
defined for reading a format string or a set of field names, ie:
lseek(SEEK_FORMAT); read(...);

Same for writing, opening in "wa" allows to write a formatted number (ie,
echo 0xFF42 > /proc/the/fd) and "wb" allows to write binary data

Just an idea...

J.A. Magallon # Let the source be with you...
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