[TUHS] Unix APIs: elegant or not?
dave at horsfall.org
Thu Nov 1 20:20:46 AEST 2018
On Thu, 1 Nov 2018, Pierre DAVID wrote:
> Do you *really* think that IPC System V primitives are better than
Nope; they're even worse, which I didn't think was possible. The one
saving grace (IMHO) of SysV was the TTY driver and its cleaner interface.
I did see a proposal a while back (can't remember where/when) to use
something like open("/dev/net/host/port", ...) to establish a network
connection (or a server with appropriate flags), in much the same way that
device files are created dynamically.
With Unix, everything looks like a file, but as I said, the sockets API
broke that convention, forcing users to work at a much lower level than
I suppose that around now someone will say that Plan 9 fixed all that :-)
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