/proc and /kern

Mirian Crzig Lennox (mirian@xensei.com)
02 Dec 1998 17:12:15 -0500

Greetings all.

I've been lurking on the list for a while, and thought I'd introduce
myself with a question. I'm a BSD hacker since the 80s, but I'm
assured by my Linux friends that this won't be held against me, so
long as I'm not obnoxious about it. :)

Anyway, the question I have is this: I would like to work on splitting
/proc into /proc and /kern, such that /proc is only for process
information and /kern is for kernel structures. Not only will this be
more elegant and less cluttered, but it will give proc and kern their
own separate pools of inodes.

I realize that this could cause a major flag day since lots of stuff
depends on /proc, so I propose to make it configurable (either compile
time configurable or maybe mount time if possible), so that initially
people would only turn it on when they were trying to find out what
would break.

Another thought I had is to make the pseudo files in /proc and /kern
display real size information instead of 0, as they do under BSD,
since I often find it's useful to know roughly how much virtual
information is "contained" in those files without actually having to
look at the contents or pipe the contents through a program.

What do people thing about these ideas? Is there thought to be any
merit in them?

Mirian Crzig Lennox                                Systems Anarchist
          "There's a New World Order coming every minute.
                      Make mine extra cheese."

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