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SubjectRe: [1/1][PATCH] nproc v2: netlink access to /proc information
Greg, could you comment on this since there are some people having
trouble figuring out what's going on with VM-related /proc/ fields for
!CONFIG_MMU. Please forgive the top-posting, it made more sense to
quote the text below in this instance.

On Tue, Sep 14, 2004 at 07:59:46AM +0200, Roger Luethi wrote:
>> I agree with you that those specific fields should be offered for
>> !CONFIG_MMU. However, if for some reason they cannot carry a value
>> that fits the field description, they should not be offered at all. The
>> ambiguity of having 0 mean either "0" or "this field is not available"
>> is bad. Trying to read a specific field _can_ fail, and applications
>> had better handle that case (it's still trivial compared to having to
>> parse different /proc file layouts depending on the configuration).

On Mon, Sep 13, 2004 at 11:18:00PM -0700, William Lee Irwin III wrote:
> Apart from doing something it's supposed to for !CONFIG_MMU and using
> the internal kernel accounting I set up for the CONFIG_MMU=y case I'm
> not very concerned about this. I have a vague notion there should
> probably be some consistency with the /proc/ precedent but am not
> particularly tied to it. We should probably ask Greg Ungerer (the
> maintainer of the external MMU-less patches) about what he prefers
> since it's likely we can't anticipate all of the !CONFIG_MMU concerns.

On Tue, Sep 14, 2004 at 07:59:46AM +0200, Roger Luethi wrote:
>> The presumed wrong assumptions underlying broken tools of the future
>> are not a good base for designing a new interface. My interest is in
>> making it easy to write correct applications (or in fixing broken apps
>> that won't work, say, on !CONFIG_MMU systems).

On Mon, Sep 13, 2004 at 11:18:00PM -0700, William Lee Irwin III wrote:
> I don't really know what the approach to app compatibility used by
> userspace for !CONFIG_MMU is; I'll refer you to Greg Ungerer as my
> knowledge of the CONFIG_MMU usage models and/or whatever userspace
> is used in tandem with it outside the VM's internals is rather scant.
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