Subject: Re: Share common code/data across ports?
To: Daniel Carosone <>
From: Perry E. Metzger <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/09/1997 20:47:03
Daniel Carosone writes:
> I don't like grovelling kmem either, from an aesthetic viewpoint of
> the cleanliness of the interface (and because of the requirement for
> so many suid-0 binaries).

sgid kmem, actually, and they are fairly safe since they can only read

> But, it is the best way to keep out of the
> kernel the greatest amount of the code which interprets the kernel
> data structures and formats them for the user. If you consider the
> interface to be the output of these programs, and that interface is
> clean, then it can still be an aesthetically-pleasing solution.

CGD repeatedly points out another major reason for kmem groveling --
so your tools can work on kernel core dumps.

I prefer file systems aesthetically, but CGD's argument is a bit of a