> well, I am an author of one of those "user-space tools" that reads
> if enough people think this is a good idea, I might try to work out a
> patch that does this.
> If not, I will let the mess continue. I have to maintain the code one way
> or another; it would be nicer just to have ther kernel do the right thing.
Let it continue... tools that parse kernel information deserve a proper
interface and should not have to parse the information out of strings.
There is sysctl, and parts of it could just be declared "reasonably
stable". Things could be a lot cleaner that way.
/proc is still a useful idea, especially for new features for which
there are no corresponding utilities yet (although, as a purist, I'd
rather do without this bit of kernel bloat... ;)
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