Standards Update, IEEE 1003.4: Real-time Extensions

Ran Atkinson rja7m at plaid.cs.Virginia.EDU
Thu Sep 27 22:55:49 AEST 1990

Submitted-by: rja7m at plaid.cs.Virginia.EDU (Ran Atkinson)

In article <545 at usenix.ORG> ske at (Kristoffer Eriksson) writes:

>What prevents us from inventing a few additional filesystem operations
>that ARE general enough?

PLEASE.  Let's don't go off inventing new things as part of a standards
effort.  The proper way to approach standardisation is to standardise
the existing practice and avoid all new inventions that haven't been
fully implemented and tested widely.  Many of the problems with UNIX-derived
OSs have come from folks who didn't do this and ended up with stuff that
wasn't really compatible with the rest of the OS in function or approach.

A lot of the problems I see coming out of the working groups in P1003
come from folks failing to standardise existing practice and instead
going off and inventing a new idea in the committee that hasn't been
implemented and lacks adequate actual experience with whether the idea
really works and is a general solution to a real problem.  

  Randall Atkinson
  randall at Virginia.EDU

Volume-Number: Volume 21, Number 140

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