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LinuxDevices.com: Using the Linux proc Filesystem in Embedded Systems

Apr 01, 2003, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas McGuire)

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"The proc file system is a well established and widely used interface in the Linux kernel. Since the late 0.99.X releases of the Linux kernel, the proc file system has been included in the official kernel releases and has been used in many Linux systems. Its virtual file system interface allows both the inspection of kernel internal data structures and the manipulation of these data structures without requiring additional non-volatile memory.

"Although the initial uses of proc focused primarily on network issues, additional applications quickly began using proc files in order to simplify administrative and debug tasks. In the early releases, the proc API was fairly complex; but as of Linux kernel 2.4.X, the interface has become much more user-friendly..."

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