Author: Andrew Morton <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
AuthorDate: Sun Jul 15 23:41:20 2007 -0700
Committer: Linus Torvalds <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
CommitDate: Mon Jul 16 09:05:49 2007 -0700
Poeple keep on adding new numbered sysctls, when they're supposed not to.
Add a documentation file which explain why new sysctls should use
CTL_UNNUMBERED. The next patch will sprinkle pointers to this throughout
Eric provided the text (thanks)
Cc: "Eric W. Biederman" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Documentation/sysctl/ctl_unnumbered.txt | 22 ++++++++++++++++++++++
1 files changed, 22 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
diff --git a/Documentation/sysctl/ctl_unnumbered.txt
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+Except for a few extremely rare exceptions user space applications do not use
+the binary sysctl interface. Instead everyone uses /proc/sys/... with
+readable ascii names.
+Recently the kernel has started supporting setting the binary sysctl value to
+CTL_UNNUMBERED so we no longer need to assign a binary sysctl path to allow
+sysctls to show up in /proc/sys.
+Assigning binary sysctl numbers is an endless source of conflicts in sysctl.h,
+breaking of the user space ABI (because of those conflicts), and maintenance
+problems. A complete pass through all of the sysctl users revealed multiple
+instances where the sysctl binary interface was broken and had gone undetected
+So please do not add new binary sysctl numbers. They are unneeded and
+If you really need a new binary sysctl number please first merge your sysctl
+into the kernel and then as a separate patch allocate a binary sysctl number.
+([EMAIL PROTECTED], June 2007)
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