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The "impossible"

The "impossible"

Posted Nov 26, 2010 22:23 UTC (Fri) by neilbrown (subscriber, #359)
In reply to: The "impossible" by Ross
Parent article: Ghosts of Unix past, part 3: Unfixable designs

If you actually had to implement something like this - which the second line seems to suggest, you have my sympathies!

Yes: it does seem that it was a slight over-statement to say "impossible". If you have unlimited groups per user, allow users to create their own groups, and don't worry too much about giving new access to already-running processes, then many complex things are indeed possible.

Maybe we need a different maxim: "simple things should be simple, complex things shouldn't drive you insane" !

Thanks for your thoughts.


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