Subject: Re: obsoleting sysctl(8)'s -w flag
To: Hubert Feyrer <>
From: Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 03/05/2002 19:50:34
    Date:        Mon, 4 Mar 2002 04:36:12 +0100 (MET)
    From:        Hubert Feyrer <>
    Message-ID:  <Pine.GSO.4.21.0203040434140.5246-100000@rfhpc8317>

  | The patch below changes sysctl(8) to not require the -w flag when setting
  | a variable. Just "sysctl foo=var" is really enough.  Inspired by FreeBSD.
  | Any objections to commit?

What happens to sysctl variables with an '=' in their name?

Oh well, Bill's objection was a better one...

(I'd actually quite like to see this, it would be a nicer interface,
but I suspect that the way it is now is much safer).