Re: "less" doesn't work on /proc files
On Fri, 1 Dec 1995, Lars Wirzenius wrote:
> Bruce Perens: ""less" doesn't work on /proc files" (Nov 30, 16:08):
>> You could argue that this is a bug in the semantics of the proc filesystem.
> You could also arguet that this is a bug in less. The size that stat
> gives is old information. less shouldn't trust it.
cat /proc/kcore | less
stat()ing the file instead of reading it totally and counting bytes is, of
course, a very high performance gain, well worth the few more keystrokes
you have to type when you want to see a file in /proc (for example) that
is longer than a screen. (which one is anyway (that is not viewable in
other ways, be it with arp, rarp, netstat, pppstats, whatever), /proc/kcore?)