Since I have not really made any journal entries, I believe I should go ahead and describe what my current project is. At this point, I am working on repairing FreeBSD's fdesc file system.
What is fdesc? Fdesc is a file system which basically gives you information in file system form about what files (i.e. sockets, pipes, etc.) you have open. Since devfs likely won't be available for a while, I decided I'd make this something to work on. Currently the FS data such as the date, owner and permissions in fdesc ``as-is'' is set inaccurately (or to zero).
Currently, FreeBSD uses a directory, /dev/fd,
which is basically full of a bunch of device nodes that
really tell you absolutely nothing about your open
files. However, with what magic I'm working with at this
$ ls -l /dev/fd 3>/dev/tcp/10.0.0.2/21 | tee /dev/null total 0 crw------- 1 chris tty 5, 3 Mar 29 06:14 0 prw-rw-rw- 1 chris chris 0 Mar 29 06:14 1 crw------- 1 chris tty 5, 3 Mar 29 06:14 2 srw-rw-rw- 1 chris chris 0 Mar 29 06:14 3 dr--r--r-- 2 root wheel 512 Mar 27 06:03 4 dr--r--r-- 2 root wheel 512 Mar 27 06:03 5
Note: The /dev/tcp/addr/port-no is a feature of the Korn shell and is in no way related to my fdesc work (other than being an awfully convenient way to make a socket in the shell).