Re: /proc and /kern

david parsons (o.r.c@p.e.l.l.p.o.r.t.l.a.n.d.o.r.u.s)
4 Dec 1998 00:16:48 -0800

In article <>,
Mirian Crzig Lennox <> wrote:
>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.

Unless you also write a union filesystem so that those of us who
are anal about backwards compatability won't be royally bitten in
the ass, it's a really really really dumb idea. (On the other
hand, I'd probably _pay_ you if you also wrote a union filesystem,
because that's an all purpose tool that could be used all over the

>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,

That would be really nice, if you could have come guarantee that
the size wouldn't change between stat time and access time.

david parsons \bi/ a fixed published interface is your friend.

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