Re: procfs problems

Dan Hollis (
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 13:03:33 -0700 (PDT)

On Wed, 16 Apr 1997, Martin von Loewis wrote:
> People, before you throw away /proc and rewrite it from scratch (:-)
> please have a look at sysctl(2). It gives you
> - a hierarchical structuring for kernel parameters
> - instant /proc support representing this hiearchy in a human-readably way
> - support for programmatically reading and writing this information
> without relying on /proc being present, and without having to write
> parsers for /proc information.
> I believe Stephen Tweedie did a great job when designing this interface,
> so please use it.

I took a quick glance at the sysctl system and I like what I see very
much!! :-) I will study it some more and see if it can be applied to a
general procfs standardization. I think the current sysctl system is very