Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:
> I must admit that I think in general that /dev/std{in,out,err} and /dev/fd
> is bogus.  It looks like something which happened "because we can" more
> than something which has a legitimate need.

I strongly disagree.  I actually have a script that I use daily which requires
a filename as an argument.  By handing it /dev/stdin, I can make it take
output as a part of a pipe.  A _very_ useful little feature, IMNSHO.

As far as fdescfs, well, Unixware has something very like it, and I believe
that other commercial Unices do as well.  I suspect that it's useful to
some, if not to all.

One thing about end users as opposed to engineers, they put this stuff to
uses that we can't even imagine.  Never underestimate the sheer ingenuity
of a relatively naive user.  :-)
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