ron minnich <rminnich(a)gmail.com> writes:
ptrace replaces procfs? Wow, that's a disappointing turn of events. It's
also against the flow of thought in the Unix community I knew in 1980. If
somebody has any of the old ca-1980 BSD manuals, you should find a BUGS
section on ptrace advocating a move to a file-system-like interface. I
always assumed ken wrote that little note when he was visiting UCB --
I am also surprised to hear that ptrace replaces procfs. In the 4.4BSD
Book is a chapter about process debugging (chapter 4) with ptrace and
``The ptrace facility is inefficient for three reasons. [...]''
And later, it mentions the proc filesystem:
``To address these problems, 4.4BSD added a /proc filesystem, similar to
the one found in UNIX Eight Edition [Killian, 1984]. [...]''
 The Design and Implementation of the 4.4BSD Operating System,
M.K. McKusic, Keith Bostic, Michael J Karels, and John Quarterman,
Addison-Wesley, Reading, 1996, ISBN 0-201-54979-4.