Who needs /dev/kmem?
Posted Aug 19, 2005 0:21 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: Who needs /dev/kmem?
Parent article: Who needs /dev/kmem?
It's not just for debug hacking; other kinds of quick hacks are also made possible. Though I haven't used it yet, I'll keep /dev/kmem around regardless of what the mainstream ends up doing. I should probably use /proc/kcore, but I know it would take a significant amount of effort to learn its format, and probably to write code to interpret it. I could use /dev/mem, but again with a lot of unnecessary extra work.
In Linux, we stress serving a diverse audience, so we don't ask "why should we keep this feature?" We ask, "why shouldn't we?" Things get dropped because no one is maintaining them, but not because no one is using them.
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