Subject: Re: Getting rid of /dev/veriexec
To: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 12/02/2005 17:24:51
In message <200512021607.LAA18254@Sparkle.Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>, der Mouse wr
>>> I think that doing this is cleaner by using sysctl(), much like how
>>> we use sysctl() for the network PCBs, for example.
>> Let's see. You want to read and write control and bulk data, from a
>> special-to-the-kernel node in a hierarchical namespace. This totally
>> smells like reinventing /dev.
>It is. sysctl is. I've often considered building a sysctlfs, which
>would present the sysctl hierarchy and data in a filesystem form.
Very much the Plan 9 approach -- put stuff in the file system, where we
have generic tools for talking to them, and where we have
well-understood permission mechanisms.
--Steven M. Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb