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The classic guide to UNIX® programming-completely updated!
UNIX application programming requires a mastery of system-level services. Making sense of the many functions-more than 1,100 functions in the current UNIX specification-is a daunting task, so for years programmers have turned to Advanced UNIX Programming for its clear, expert advice on how to use the key functions reliably.
An enormous number of changes have taken place in the UNIX environment since the landmark first edition. In Advanced UNIX Programming, Second Edition, UNIX pioneer Marc J. Rochkind brings the book fully up to date, with all-new, comprehensive coverage including:
- Darwin, the Mac™ OS X kernel
- And more than 200 new system calls
Rochkind's fully updated classic explains all the UNIX system calls you're likely to need, all in a single volume!
- Interprocess communication, networking (sockets), pseudo terminals, asynchronous I/O, advanced signals, realtime, and threads
- Covers the system calls you'll actually use-no need to plow through hundreds of improperly implemented, obsolete, and otherwise unnecessary system calls!
- Thousands of lines of example code include a Web browser and server, a keystroke recorder/player, and a shell complete with pipelines, redirection, and background processes
- Emphasis on the practical-ensuring portability, avoiding pitfalls, and much more!
Since 1985, the one book to have for mastering UNIX application programming has been Rochkind's Advanced UNIX Programming. Now completely updated, the second edition remains the choice for up-to-the-minute, in-depth coverage of the essential system-level services of the UNIX family of operating systems.
The changes to UNIX programming that have taken place since 1985 are extensive to say the least. The first edition of Advanced UNIX Programming is still used and considered to be a must have book on any UNIX programmer's shelf. With this new edition UNIX programmers now have a one-volume, comprehensive, in-depth guide to the essential system-level services provided to them by the UNIX family of operating systems - now including Linux, FreeBSD, and the Mac OS X kernel (Darwin). All UNIX application programs, regardless of what language they are written in, run on top of these services, so mastering them is essential for successful UNIX programming. And, with a movement towards open-source systems, programmers will appreciate the book's emphasis on portability.
About the Author
MARC J. ROCHKIND was fortunate enough to have worked at Bell Laboratories in the 1970s, when UNIX was still in its infancy. It was there that Rochkind made several key contributions to UNIX, notably the Source Code Control System. He wrote the first edition of Advanced UNIX Programming in 1984. This complete revision benefits from his years of post-Bell application systems development experience.
Table of Contents
1 Fundamental Concepts.
A Whirlwind Tour of UNIX and Linux. Versions of UNIX. Using System Calls. Error Handling. UNIX Standards. Common Header File. Dates and Times. About the Example Code. Essential Resources.
2. Basic File I/O.
Introduction to File I/O. File Descriptors and Open File Descriptions. Symbols for File Permission Bits. open and creat System Calls. umask System Call. unlink System Call. Creating Temporary Files. File Offsets and O_APPEND. write System Call. read System Call. close System Call. User Buffered I/O. lseek System Call. pread and pwrite System Calls. readv and writev System Calls. Synchronized I/O. truncate and ftruncate System Calls.
3. Advanced File I/O.
Introduction. Disk Special Files and File Systems. Hard and Symbolic Links. Pathnames. Accessing and Displaying File Metadata. Directories. Changing an I-Node. More File-Manipulation Calls. Asynchronous I/O.
4. Terminal I/O.
Introduction. Reading from a Terminal. Sessions and Process Groups (Jobs). ioctl System Call. Setting Terminal Attributes. Additional Terminal-Control System Calls. Terminal-Identification System Calls. Full-Screen Applications. STREAMS I/O. Pseudo Terminals.
5. Processes and Threads.
Introduction. Environment. exec System Calls. Implementing a Shell (Version 1). fork System Call. Implementing a Shell (Version 2). exit System Calls and Process Termination. wait, waitpid, and waitid System Calls. Signals, Termination, and Waiting. Implementing a Shell (Version 3). Getting User and Group Ids. Setting User and Group Ids. Getting Process Ids. chroot System Call. Getting and Setting the Priority. Process Limits. Introduction to Threads. The Blocking Problem.
6. Basic Interprocess Communication.
Introduction. Pipes. dup and dup2 System Calls. A Real Shell. Two-Way Communication with Unidirectional Pipes. Two-Way Communication with Bidirectional Pipes.
7. Advanced Interprocess Communication.
Introduction. FIFOs, or Named Pipes. An Abstract Simple Messaging Interface (SMI). System V IPC (Interprocess Communication). System V Message Queues. POSIX IPC. POSIX Message Queues. About Semaphores. System V Semaphores. POSIX Semaphores. File Locking. About Shared Memory. System V Shared Memory. POSIX Shared Memory. Performance Comparisons.
8. Networking and Sockets.
Socket Basics. Socket Addresses. Socket Options. Simple Socket Interface (SSI). Socket Implementation of SMI. Connectionless Sockets. Out-of-Band Data. Network Database Functions. Miscellaneous System Calls. High-Performance Considerations.
9. Signals and Timers.
Signal Basics. Waiting for a Signal. Miscellaneous Signal System Calls. Deprecated Signal System Calls. Realtime Signals Extension (RTS). Global Jumps. Clocks and Timers.
Appendix A. Process Attributes.
Appendix B. Ux: A C++ Wrapper for Standard UNIX Functions.
Appendix C. Jtux: A Java/Jython Interface to Standard UNIX Functions.
Appendix D. Alphabetical and Categorical Function Lists.