> sysctl is designed for numerical or binary data return
> procfs (or any synthetic fs) is designed for text based data return

> The trouble here that I see is that people are inventing overly-complex
> methods of representing the data when they could just export it in
> text format.

what is so special about text ? a FS knows nothing about data format.
Maybe what you mean is that text is "self describing", assuming that
you know more or less what is in it ?

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