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UNIX System Programming : 

1 UNIX System Programming Introduction

User UNIX Interface: SHELL : 

2 User UNIX Interface: SHELL Provides command line as an interface between the user and the system Is simply a program that starts automatically when you login Uses a command language Allows programming (shell scripting) within the shell environment Uses variables, loops, conditionals, etc. Accepts commands and often makes system calls to carry them out

Various UNIX shells : 

3 Various UNIX shells sh (Bourne shell) ksh (Korn shell) csh (C shell) tcsh bash Differences mostly in scripting details

The Korn Shell (ksh) : 

4 The Korn Shell (ksh) We will be using ksh as the standard shell for examples in this class Language is a superset of the Bourne shell (sh)

Login scripts : 

5 Login scripts You don’t want to enter aliases, set environment variables, set up command line editing, etc. each time you log in All of these things can be done in a script that is run each time the shell is started For ksh: ~/.profile - is read for a login shell ~/.kshrc For tcsh ~/.login ~/.cshrc

Example .profile (partial) : 

6 Example .profile (partial) # set ENV to a file invoked each time sh is started for interactive use. ENV=$HOME/.shrc; export ENV HOSTNAME=`hostname`; export HOSTNAME PS1="$USER@$HOSTNAME>" alias 'll'='ls -l' alias 'la'='ls -la' alias 'ls'='ls -F' alias 'rm'='rm -i' alias 'm'='more' set -o vi echo ".profile was read"

stdin, stdout, and stderr : 

7 stdin, stdout, and stderr Each shell (and in fact all programs) automatically open three “files” when they start up Standard input (stdin): Usually from the keyboard Standard output (stdout): Usually to the terminal Standard error (stderr): Usually to the terminal Programs use these three files when reading (e.g. cin), writing (e.g. cout), or reporting errors/diagnostics

Redirecting stdout : 

8 Redirecting stdout Instead of writing to the terminal, you can tell a program to print its output to another file using the > operator >> operator is used to append to a file Examples: man ls > ls_help.txt Echo $PWD > current_directory cat file1 >> file2

Redirecting stderr : 

9 Redirecting stderr Instead of writing errors to the terminal, you can tell a program to write them to another file using the: ksh: 2> operator tcsh: >& operator Examples (suppose j is a file that does not exist) {ajax} ls j ls: j: No such file or directory {ajax} ls j >& hello.txt {ajax} cat hello.txt ls: j: No such file or directory

Redirecting stdin : 

10 Redirecting stdin Instead of reading from the terminal, you can tell a program to read from another file using the < operator Examples: Mail user@domain.com < message interactive_program < command_list

Pipes and filters : 

11 Pipes and filters Pipe: a way to send the output of one command to the input of another Filter: a program that takes input and transforms it in some way wc - gives a count of words/lines/chars grep - searches for lines with a given string more sort - sorts lines alphabetically or numerically

Examples of filtering : 

12 Examples of filtering ls -la | more cat file | wc man ksh | grep “history” ls -l | grep “dkl” | wc who | sort > current_users

UNIX Tutorial : 

13 UNIX Tutorial http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Teaching/Unix/ Google will give you many links

UNIX Filesystem : 

14 UNIX Filesystem The filesystem is your interface to physical storage (disks) on your machine storage on other machines output devices etc. Everything in UNIX is a file (programs, text, peripheral devices, terminals, …) There are no drive letters in UNIX! The filesystem provides a logical view of the storage devices

Working directory : 

15 Working directory The current directory in which you are working pwd command: outputs the absolute path (more on this later) of your working directory Unless you specify another directory, commands will assume you want to operate on the working directory

Home directory : 

16 Home directory A special place for each user to store personal files When you log in, your working directory will be set to your home directory Your home directory is represented by the symbol ~ (tilde) The home directory of “user1” is represented by ~user1

UNIX file hierarchy : 

17 UNIX file hierarchy Directories may contain plain files or other directories Leads to a tree structure for the filesystem Root directory: /

Path names : 

18 Path names Separate directories by / Absolute path start at root and follow the tree e.g. /users/dkl/foo.txt Relative path start at working directory .. refers to level above; . refers to working dir. If /users/dkl/csci1730 is working dir, all these refer to the same file ../foo.txt ~/foo.txt ~dkl/foo.txt

Types of files : 

19 Types of files Plain (- in the first bit) Most files Includes binary and text files Directory (d) A directory is actually a file Points to another set of files Link (l): A pointer to another file or directory Special: e.g. peripheral devices

Creating links : 

20 Creating links ln –s <curr_file> <link_name> This command creates a symbolic link The file “link_name” will be a pointer to the “curr_file” which may be in another directory or even on another physical machine

File permissions : 

21 File permissions Permissions used to allow/disallow access to file/directory contents Read (r) 4, write (w) 2, and execute (x) 1 For owner, group, and world (everyone) chmod <mode> <file(s)> chmod 700 file.txt (only owner can read, write, and execute) chmod g+rw file.txt

Looking at file contents : 

22 Looking at file contents cat <filename(s)> “concatenate” output the contents of the file all at once more <filename(s)> Output the contents of a file one screen at a time Allows forward and backward scroll and search

Getting help on UNIX commands : 

23 Getting help on UNIX commands These notes only give you the tip of the iceberg for these basic commands man <command_name> shows you all the documentation for a command apropos <keyword> shows you all the commands with the keyword in their description

The UNIX System : 

24 The UNIX System Kernel – Heart of the OS Process scheduling I/O control (accesses) Shell – Interpreter between the user and the computer Tools and applications Accessible from shell Can be run independently of shell

UNIX System Programming : 

25 UNIX System Programming Programs make system calls (also called supervisor calls to invoke kernel. A system call is essentially a procedure call into the operating system The procedure call is protected Types of system calls File I/O Process management Inter-process communication (IPC) Signal handling

System Calls (Library calls) : 

26 System Calls (Library calls) System calls Interface to the kernel Library fread Kernel Space User Space Program Code read user read kernel

Basic file I/O : 

27 Basic file I/O Processes keep a list of open files Files can be opened for reading, writing Each file is referenced by a file descriptor (integer) Three files are opened automatically FD 0: standard input FD 1: standard output FD 2: standard error

File I/O system call: open() : 

28 File I/O system call: open() fd = open(path, flags, mode) path: string, absolute or relative path flags: O_RDONLY - open for reading O_WRONLY - open for writing O_RDWR - open for reading and writing O_CREAT - create the file if it doesn’t exist O_TRUNC - truncate the file if it exists O_APPEND - only write at the end of the file mode: specify permissions if using O_CREAT

File I/O system call: close() : 

29 File I/O system call: close() retval = close(fd) Close an open file descriptor Returns 0 on success, -1 on error

File I/O system call: read() : 

30 File I/O system call: read() bytes_read = read(fd, buffer, count) Read up to count bytes from file and place into buffer fd: file descriptor buffer: pointer to array count: number of bytes to read Returns number of bytes read or -1 if error

File I/O system call: write() : 

31 File I/O system call: write() bytes_written = write(fd, buffer, count) Write count bytes from buffer to a file fd: file descriptor buffer: pointer to array count: number of bytes to write Returns number of bytes written or -1 if error

System call: lseek() : 

32 System call: lseek() retval = lseek(fd, offset, whence) Move file pointer to new location fd: file descriptor offset: number of bytes whence: SEEK_SET - offset from beginning of file SEEK_CUR - offset from current offset location SEEK_END - offset from end of file Returns offset from beginning of file or -1

UNIX File access primitives : 

33 UNIX File access primitives open – open for reading, or writing or create an empty file creat - create an empty file close – read - get info from file write - put info in file lseek - move to specific byte in file unlink - remove a file remove - remove a file fcntl - control attributes assoc. w/ file

File I/O using FILEs : 

34 File I/O using FILEs Most UNIX programs use higher-level I/O functions fopen() fclose() fread() fwrite() fseek() These use the FILE datatype instead of file descriptors Need to include stdio.h

Using datatypes with file I/O : 

35 Using datatypes with file I/O All the functions we’ve seen so far use raw bytes for file I/O, but program data is usually stored in meaningful datatypes (int, char, float, etc.) fprintf(), fputs(), fputc() - used to write data to a file fscanf(), fgets(), fgetc() - used to read data from a file

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