file: module and character special files

Vance Shipley vances@REDACTED
Mon Feb 2 20:02:58 CET 2004

This thread interests me as I have been bitten by the inability
to read a character special file.  I had wanted to read the
values of internal temperatures and fan status on a Sun OEM 
setup.  If I had been able to read the device the whole thing 
would have been a couple lines of clear Erlang.  As it is I 
have to implement a driver, something which hasn't happened.

Unless I'm missing something it seems to me that a workable
solution is to allow potentially blocking file access only
if there are threads available.  That would certainly be
acceptable to me.


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