Subject: Re: /kern/kernel
To: Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU>
From: Jim Wise <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 09/14/1998 13:41:08
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On Mon, 14 Sep 1998, Robert Elz wrote:
>Oh, and one last issue - I have no more sympathy for people who say "but I
>don't want to run kernfs" than for people who say "I don't want a /etc".
>At some point things simply need to be considered to be a fundamental part
>of the system, and not optional.
Sure. And from time to time someone proposes making some component
which has not been a fundamental part of the system necessary for basic
operation. At such times, it is perfectly valid to question whether
this is a good idea or not.
To this point, it has _not_ been necessary to keep kernfs mounted for
any part of NetBSD's operation. Furthermore, we provide a very nice API
and command line tool (sysctl(3) and sysctl(8)) to get and set exactly
this kind of information. Argument over whether sysctl provides a
usable solution to the question at hand is perfectly valid, but making
kernfs mandatory probably is not...
BTW, I agree with the rest of your post.
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