Donald Lewine POSIX Programmers Guide

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POSIX Programmers Guide

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9780937175736: POSIX Programmers Guide

This guide, intended as an explanation of the POSIX standard and as a reference for the POSIX.1 programming library, helps you write more portable programs. Most UNIX systems today are POSIX compliant because the federal government requires it for its purchases. Even OSF and UI agree on support for POSIX.Unfortunately, given the manufacturer's documentation, it can be difficult to distinguish system-specific features from those features defined by POSIX. The POSIX Programmer's Guide is especially helpful if you are writing programs that must run on multiple UNIX platforms. This guide also helps you convert existing UNIX programs for POSIX compliance.Contents include:

  • Introduction to POSIX.
  • Basics of writing a POSIX-compliant program.
  • Input/output facilities of the Standard C library.
  • The file system as defined by POSIX.
  • Operations of POSIX Input/Output system, pipes, and FIFOs.
  • Creating and terminating processes and signals.
  • Obtaining information about the environment.
  • Communication line settings and a cu-like utility.
  • POSIX and Standard C, including features and portability pitfalls.
  • Internationalization.
  • Complete list of library functions in alphabetic order.
  • Complete list of data structures and their members.
  • All error codes.
  • Standard headers and the information that they define.
  • Related publications.

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About the Author:

Donald Lewine has been writing computer programs for fun and profit since 1960. He has been teaching computer science in the State-of-the-Art (evening) program at Northeastern University for the past eight years. He has taught courses on Assembler, VAX/VMS, PASCAL, C and UNIX. This book was written and tested over the last two years at Northeastern University. Mr. Lewine spent 13 years with the Digital Equipment Corporation developing operating systems and central processing units. He was Technical Director for the MicroVAS Program when he left. For the past seven years, Mr. Lewine has been with Data General Corporation, currently as Director of Engineering. In this role he has been developing the AViiON family of open systems. He is a founder and a member of the Board of Directors of 88open, a member of the Board of Directors of UNIX International, and Data General's representative to the Open Software Foundation.

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