Re: procfs problems

Dan Hollis (
Thu, 17 Apr 1997 16:21:28 -0700 (PDT)

On Thu, 17 Apr 1997, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> > 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.

Off the top of my head I can't think of anything legitimate as a printable
field separator (which IMHO is dumb, but I'll try to humour you anyway).

So, any suggestions?