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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] Open Firmware device tree virtual filesystem
    >> Simple system tools should not need to interpret binary data in
    >> order to provide access to simple structured data like this, that's
    >> just stupid.
    > I would agree with you if the data was properly typed in the first
    > place
    > but it's not,

    OF device tree properties are "properly typed" just fine -- it's
    just that only the intended consumers of the data know what to
    expect, you certainly can't derive the data structures from just
    looking at the data in one instance of a property.

    Put another way, if you know what you are looking for in the
    device tree, you can decode a property just fine -- if you're
    given a random property on the other hand, you can never get
    any better than the generic property structure of "array of bytes".


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