Re: procfs problems

H. Peter Anvin (
Thu, 17 Apr 1997 15:38:40 -0700 (PDT)

> Fixed offsets blow chunks. When you need to expand field sizes it's a big
> headache.
> Suggest a field separator other than tab.
> It can't be printable because any printable ascii character could be
> considered part of a field. Unless you want to then propose some ugly
> escaping system for fields, or limits on what are valid characters in
> fields.

If so, I think you're better off limiting what can be the contents of
a field *if* you need to have whitespace as a part of the field.