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Re: Bug#183858: assign, reassign, close bug without even telling why

On Sun, May 25, 2003 at 04:51:17PM +0200, Jim Meyering wrote:
The problem is that the kernel provides no way to
get the required information.

s/no way/no reasonable way/

It is possible to parse /proc/cpuinfo (that's what the experimental
patch in the debian coreutils-4.5.2-1 did) but that's a losing game
because the format is non-portable (even between architectures on the
same kernel release) and not guaranteed to remain constant in future
kernels. (Other kernels provide this info either as an extension in
utsname.h or by another regular method that doesn't involve parsing a
poorly documented text file.) Due to the number of complaints regarding
-i and -p returning "unknown" I've simply removed the options from the
debian package. They aren't required by any standards document and are
causing more trouble then they are worth.

Mike Stone

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