[TUHS] /proc - linux vs solaris
tfb at tfeb.org
Tue Aug 5 22:06:31 AEST 2014
On 4 Aug 2014, at 23:23, Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:
> I get the arguments above but I don't buy 'em. linux really got /proc
> and translating them sucks. I've done, I've written kmem drivers for
> ps, I understand how it works. I far prefer the pure ascii model that
> Linux has.
I agree with this, with one caveat: there are things which exist in /proc which should be in a standard format (extensible if need be) but are not. I forget the particular example but I've written patches for, I think, node.js which essentially came down to "add yet another special case for /proc/<whatever>", when there was just no reason that the thing should not have been in a standard format in the first place.
Certainly as a user of Solaris and Linux, Linux's /proc is just far more useful (though I like pmap).
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