[rescue] [geeks] Solaris being discontinued? Rumors flying

John Francini francini at mac.com
Sun Dec 4 08:11:29 CST 2016

SIGINFO! Normally mapped to Control-T.  Descended (at least in spirit) from
equivalent functions on various DEC OSes (TOPS-10/20, VMS, etc). Missed it
terribly when I had to move to UNIX/Linux, so happy to find it on macOS and
BSDs. Anyone know if there's a patch or add-on to add it to Linux?


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> On Dec 3, 2016, at 23:52, Jonathan Patschke <jp at celestrion.net> wrote:
>> On Sat, 3 Dec 2016, Phil Stracchino wrote:
>> To be clear, I'm not talking about the latest shiny bling-bling desktop
>> environment.  I'm talking about things like common Unix cli utilities
>> that don't yet support command-line options that I've taken for granted
>> for ten years.
> It goes both ways.
> FreeBSD's tar can uncompress an archive whether it's gzipped, xz-ed,
> bzipper, or compressed with one flag (z) instead of needing to pick one of
> several (z, Z, l?, or j).
> SIGINFO.  Linux doesn't have it.  Solaris doesn't have it.  The BSDs and
> OS X do, and you'll miss it once you get used to being able to ask a
> process how close to done it is.
> I have yet to meet a disk-labeling tool for Linux as scriptable and
> easy-to-use (if not easy-to-learn) as gpart.  It supports MBR and GPT and
> requires no GUI.  My CentOS box appears to have nothing like that.
> Do we even have to discuss the convoluted state of procps?  Or the fun new
> replacements for ifconfig and route?
> It's almost like the BSDs and Linuxen cater to different crowds with
> differing expectations.  Horses for courses, and all that.
> --
> Jonathan Patschke
> Austin, TX
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