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Unix the Textbook 2ND Edition


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UNIX: A Textbook assumes that the reader has no background in UNIX. It carefully blends important UNIX concepts, like inter-process communication and I/O redirection, with shell commands to enhance understanding of both. Chapters are organized so readers focus on a small set of related topics. The book begins by providing a "UNIX Quick Start" for readers who want to immediately start using the book as a reference and begin working with UNIX. Then, the book tours the UNIX application interface, guiding readers through operating system utilities. The second edition of this book also includes additional coverage of UNIX software development tools. This book is designed for operating system programmers who want to familiarize themselves with the UNIX environment. Knowledge of OS concepts is needed for this book, but no prior knowledge or experience of UNIX itself is required.


Second edition.

Table of Contents

(Each Chapter begins with an Introduction and concludes with a Summary and Problems.)

0. A “Quick-Start” Into the UNIX Operating System.

The Structure of a UNIX Command.

Logging-on and Logging-off.

File Maintenance Commands and Help on UNIX Command Usage.

Utility Commands.

Command Aliases.

1. Overview of Operating Systems.

What Is an Operating System?

Operating System Services.

Character Versus Graphical User Interfaces.

Types of Operating Systems.

The UNIX Family.

2. Brief History of the UNIX Operating System.

Historical Development of the UNIX Operating System.

Variations in UNIX Systems.

3. Getting Started.

Computer System Hardware.

UNIX Software Architecture.

Logging On and Logging Off.

Correcting Mistakes.

Some Important System Setups.

4. UNIX Shells.

Various UNIX Shells.

Shell Metacharacters.

5. Editing Text Files.

How to Do Short and Simple Edits by Using the pico Editor.

Obtaining More Control by Using the vi Editor.

Getting Maximum Control by Using the emacs Editor.

6. Electronic Mail.

Sending and Receiving E-mail Using the mail Command.

Graphical E-mail with KMail.

pine-Another Full-Screen Display e-mail System.

7. Files and File System Structure.

The UNIX File Concept.

Types of Files.

File System Structure.

Navigating the File Structure.

File Representation and Storage in UNIX.

Standard Files and File Descriptions.

End of File (eof) Marker.

8. File Security.

Password-Based Protection.

Encryption-Based Protection.

Protection Based on Access Permission.

Determining and Changing File Access Privileges.

Special Acces Bits.

9. Basic File Processing.

Viewing Contents of Text Files.

Copying, Moving, and Removing Files.

Appending to Files.

Combining Files.

Comparing Files.

Removing Repeated Lines.

Printing Files and Controlling Print Jobs.

10. Advanced File Processing.

Regular Expressions.

Compressing Files.

Sorting Files.

Searching for Commands and Files.

Searching Files.

Cutting and Pasting.

Encoding and Decoding.

File Encryption and Decryption.

11. File Sharing.

Duplicate Shared Files.

Common Login for Memebers of a Team.

Setting Appropriate Access Permissions on Shared Files.

Common Group for Members of a Team.

File Sharing Via Links.

12. Redirection and Piping.

Standard Files.

Input Redirection.

Output Redirection.

Combining Input and Output Redirection.

I/O Redirection with File Descriptors.

Redirection Standard Error.

Redirecting stdout and stderr in One Command.

Redirecting stdin, stdout, and stderr in One Command.

Redirecting Without Overwriting File Contents (Appending).

UNIX Pipes.

Redirection and Piping Combined.

Error Redirection in the C Shell.

Recap of I/O and Error Redirection.


13. Processes.

Running Multiple Processes Simultaneously.

UNIX Process States.

Execution of Shell Commands.

Process Attributes.

Process and Job Control.

Process Hierarchy in UNIX.

14. Networking and Internetworking.

Computer Networks and Internetworks.

The Reasons for Computer Networks and Internetworks.

Network Models.

The TCP/IP Protocol Suite.

Internet Services and Protocols.

The Client-Server Software Model.

Application Software.

15. Introductory Bourne Shell Programming.

Running a Bourne Shell Script.

Shell Variables and Related Commands.

Passing Arguments to Shell Scripts.

Comments and Program Headers.

Program Control Flow Commands.

16. Advanced Bourne Shell Programming.

Numeric Data Processing.

The Here Document.

Interrupt (Signal) Processing.

The exec Command and File I/O.

Functions in the Bourne Shell.

Debugging Shell Programs.

17. Introductory C Shell Programming.

Running a C Shell Script.

Shell Variables and Related Commands.

Passing Arguments to Shell Scripts.

Comments and Program Headers.

Program Control Flow Commands.

18. Advanced C Shell Programming.

Numeric Data Processing.

Array Processing.

The Here Document.

Interrupt (Signal) Processing.

Debugging Shell Programs.

19. File System Backup.

Archiving and Restoring Files Via tar.

Software Distributions in the tar Format.

20. Unix Tools for Software Development.

Computer Programming Languages.

The Compilation Process.

The Software Engineering Life Cycle.

Program Generation Tools.

Static Analysis Tools.

Dynamic Analysis Tools.

21. UNIX GUI Basics.

Basics of XFree86.

The KDE Desktop Manager.

The Mac OS X Aqua GUI.

Internet Resources.

Appendix: Command Dictionary.



Product Details

Sarwar, Syed Mansoor
Addison Wesley Publishing Company
Koretsky, Robert
Sarwar, Syed Aqeel
Programming - General
Operating Systems - General
Operating Systems - UNIX
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Trade paper
Publication Date:
July 2004
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
9.1 x 7.4 x 1.7 in 1211 gr

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