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SubjectRe: Yet another design for /proc. Or actually /kernel.
On Wed, Nov 07, 2001 at 02:42:48PM -0500, Daniel R. Warner wrote:
> Erik Hensema wrote:
> > - Multiple values per file when needed
> > A file is a two dimensional array: it has lines and every line
> > can consist of multiple fields.
> > A good example of this is the current /proc/mounts.
> > This can be parsed very easily in all languages.
> > No need for single-value files, that's oversimplification.
> <snip>
> This is fine for reading, but it makes it harder for humans to change
> values in /proc - eg, echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_ecn

'Multiple value' files can be made easy to 'write'. The only
requirement is each 'field' in the file have a unique label. Then
it's a common associative array, requiring some generic filesystem
write magic to handle the input:

echo "label:1" > /proc/...

The 'generic write magic' would require (at least, without even
more magic) that all /proc files conform to the schema. This is
probably a _good_ thing.

Allen Campbell | Lurking at the bottom of the | gravity well, getting old.
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