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Design of the UNIX Operating System, 1/e

Maurice J. Bach, AT&T Bell Labs.

Published February, 1987 by Prentice Hall PTR (ECS Professional)

Copyright 1987, pp.
ISBN 0-13-201799-7

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This book describes the internal algorithms and the structures that form the basis of the UNIX® operating system and their relationship to the programmer interface. The system description is based on UNIX System V Release 2 supported by AT&T, with some features from Release 3.


presents algorithms in a C-like pseudocode to aid readers in understanding the natural language description.
uses figures to depict the relationships between various data structures s they system manipulates them.
contains short C programs illustrating many system concepts as they manifest themselves to users.

Table of Contents

    1. General Review of the System.
    2. Introduction to the Kernel.
    3. The Buffer Cache.
    4. Internal Representation of Files.
    5. System Calls for the File System.
    6. The System Representation of Processes.
    7. Process Control.
    8. Process Scheduling and Time.
    9. Memory Management Policies.
    10. Interprocess Communication.
    11. Multiprocessor Systems.
    12. Distributed UNIX System.


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