Subject: Re: Improving the Unix API
To: Doug Rabson <>
From: Alan Cox <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 06/28/1999 10:43:03
> As far as sysctl goes, FreeBSD deprecates the use of numbers for OIDs and
> has a string-based mechanism for exploring the sysctl tree.

So we are actually both going the same way. Linus with /proc/sys and his
official dislike of sysctl (Oh well I think sysctl using number spaces is the
right idea - like snmp is), and BSD going to names