Subject: Re: Replacement for grep(1) (part 2)
To: Matthew Dillon <>
From: Nate Williams <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/14/1999 17:18:30
> :Returning NULL isn't an error, it's an indication that there is no more
> :memory.  Don't think if it as an error, think of it as a hint. 
>     It's only a hint if it is returned due to the process resource limit
>     being hit.  If it is returned due to the system running out of swap,
>     it would be an error.

Not necessarily.

>     This creates a dependancy between two completely independant processes
>     possibly owned two totally unrelated users.  This is not acceptable,
>     and is precisely why this sort of behavior does not occur.

In embedded systems, there are no such things as 'independant'
processes that are given unlimited access to the system.