Subject: Re: RFC: /kern/summary
To: Brian C. Grayson <>
From: Colin Wood <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 03/09/1999 13:36:23
Brian C. Grayson wrote:
>   I got no negative responses to my query regarding /kern files,
> so I plan on adding a new file to /kern.  I've got some ideas,
> but before I do too much work, I'd appreciate any helpful
> opinions or suggestions.  I'm new to kernel stuff, so if I've
> said something blatantly wrong here, please let me know.
> Here's what I've thought up so far:
>   /kern/summary (any better name ideas?)
>   Purpose:  Provide numerous system statistics in a single file,
>     allowing programs like top, systat, and xosview to grab an
>     atomic snapshot of the state.  Hopefully, this will help
>     reduce the number of recompiles of these programs when struct
>     proc changes slightly.

what about people who want to use top et al. but don't want the overhead
of adding kernfs to their kernel?

otherwise, it sounds like a useful idea...