Re: What is a process?

From: Peter Kirk (
Date: Thu Nov 27 2003 - 13:23:12 EST

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    On 26/11/2003 13:17, Timothy Partridge wrote:

    > ...
    >I would consider A and B to be different versions of the same process. I
    >read the word assume to mean make an assumption without definite knowledge.
    >If process B *knows* something is true it can exploit that knowledge. ...
    Well, is it generally agreed that "assume" in C9 should be understood in
    this way? The whole concept of communications etc standards is based on
    a principle that the communicating entities need know no more about one
    another than that they both follow the same standard. If the entities
    start making use of private knowledge, certainly as anything more than a
    hint for efficiency, then the standards scenario is being violated.

    >... If on
    >the other hand it is receiving data from a process outside its control
    >(owned by a third party perhaps) then it can't guess that the data have any
    >particular charateristics. It is common for a process to be composed of
    >sub-processes. If they can't exploit their knowledge of one another then you
    >have serious problems. ...
    OK. But, if we are talking about communications between sub-processes of
    a particular process, then we are talking about the internals of a
    process. And those internals are not subject to Unicode standardisaton;
    and so it is invalid to argue that errors in Unicode cannot be corrected
    because of their impact on the internal encoding within a process.

    And if we are not talking about sub-processes, we are talking about
    separate processes which communicate according to the Unicode standard.
    If these processes are relying on knowledge of one another not covered
    by the standard, they are not following the standard but using a private
    protocol similar to but not conformant to the standard.

    >... I would expect the operating system documentation to make very clear
    >if the storage routines don't return what you gave them in the first place.
    OK. But according to Unicode, if what is stored is a Unicode string and
    what is returned is canonically equivalent, these two defined as
    identical, and a storage system is entitled to make whatever canonically
    equivalent changes it may choose to make. Of course that applies only if
    the storage system is presented with a Unicode string; if it is
    presented with a sequence of bytes or longer words, it should return
    that same sequence.

    > Tim

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