Subject: Re: vmstat, iostat etc no longer work?
To: Jason Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Curt Sampson <email@example.com>
Date: 11/10/1996 18:37:21
To take your points in reverse order, Jason:
> (b) We'd have to keep the kmem interface anyhow, because
> we don't want to give up looking at kernel port-mortems.
I don't know that this counts a a strike against /kern and /proc,
since I would never propose giving these up, anyway. It's handy to
be able to look at any variable in the kernel one wants to. (Although
once a Linux fellow seemed to be claiming that you can indeed get
the value of and change any global kernel variable through their
> (a) In order to use them, it requires people to load up
> their kernels with kernfs and procfs. This is bad,
> particularly in an "embedded" application. For example,
> we have a couple of NetBSD IPv6 routers here, and the
> kernels are lean, but being able to use iostat and
> vmstat is good.
Would it bloat terribly if we included the ability to do both in
these utilities (or #ifdef'd them)? I'm sure that there are people
out there regularly recompiling kernels that don't have the time
and space to do the whole userland too who would be happy to have
a userland that didn't need updates so often.
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