[TUHS] Were all of you.. Hippies?

Random832 random832 at fastmail.com
Fri Mar 24 15:14:49 AEST 2017


On Thu, Mar 23, 2017, at 21:03, ron minnich wrote:
> In Unix, resources have names. They are visible in a name space,
> organized
> into directories. The names can be enumerated by opening and reading a
> directory. Information about them can be determined with stat. Their
> contents can be read by open and read. They can be changed with open and
> write.

And if each resource has a directory (possibly organized in a
multiple-level hierarchy) containing several files that describe
attributes of that resource, what are you to do when you want to print a
report listing a summary of some information about those resources, one
per line? And of course the information in these files is numeric -
surely you don't expect the database of descriptions to be compiled into
the kernel. So the tool has to go and fetch those too.


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