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SubjectRe: [RFD w/info-PATCH] device arguments from lookup, partion code
On Sat, May 19, 2001 at 10:45:11AM -0700, Aaron Lehmann wrote:
> On Sat, May 19, 2001 at 06:48:19PM +0200, Erik Mouw wrote:
> > One of the fundamentals of Unix is that "everything is a file" and that
> > you can do everything by reading or writing that file.
> But /dev/sda/offset=234234,limit=626737537 isn't a file! ls it and see
> if it's there. writing to files that aren't shown in directory listings
> is plain evil. I really don't want to explain why. It's extremely
> messy and unintuitive.
> It would be better to do this with a file that does exist, for example
> writing something to /proc/disks/sda/arguments. Then again, I don't
> even think much of dynamic file systems in the first place.

A network socket also isn't a file in a filesystem, you can't do ls on
it, it doesn't even exist until you create one, but still you use it as
a file by reading and writing it. I don't see any difference in the way
you create /dev/sda/offset=234234,limit=626737537 by just using it.


J.A.K. (Erik) Mouw, Information and Communication Theory Group, Department
of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Information Technology and Systems,
Delft University of Technology, PO BOX 5031, 2600 GA Delft, The Netherlands
Phone: +31-15-2783635 Fax: +31-15-2781843 Email:
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