Porting UNIX Software: From Download to Debug

Porting UNIX Software: From Download to Debug

by Greg Lehey
     
 

Porting UNIX Software deals with the whole life cycle of porting, from setting up a source tree on your system to correcting platform differences and even testing the executable after it's built. The book exhaustively discusses the differences between versions of UNIX and the areas where porters tend to have problems. The assumption made in this book is that you

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Porting UNIX Software deals with the whole life cycle of porting, from setting up a source tree on your system to correcting platform differences and even testing the executable after it's built. The book exhaustively discusses the differences between versions of UNIX and the areas where porters tend to have problems. The assumption made in this book is that you just want to get a package working on your system; you don't want to become an expert in the details of your hardware or operating system (much less an expert in the system used by the person who wrote the package). Many problems can be solved without a knowledge of C or UNIX, while the ones that force you to deal directly with source code are explained as simply and concretely as possible.

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Offers help to programmers using software from different software developers and dealing with several "flavors" of UNIX. Details the life cycle of porting from setting up a source tree on a system to correcting platform difference and testing the executable. Discusses the differences between versions of UNIX, addresses common porting problems, and includes suggestions for emulating features not available on the varying platforms. Contains appendices on UNIX data types, compiler options, assembler directives, and CD-ROM producers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565921269
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Series:
Nutshell Handbooks Series
Pages:
534
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.38(d)

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Greg Lehey is an independent computer consultant specializing in UNIX. Born in Australia, he was educated in Malaysia and England before studying chemistry in Germany and chemical engineering in England. He has spent his professional career in Germany, where he worked for computer manufacturers such as Univac and Tandem, the German space research agency, nameless software houses, and a large user before deciding to work for himself. In the course of over 20 years in the industry he has performed most jobs you can think of, ranging from kernel support to product marketing, systems programming to operating, processing satellite data to programming gasoline pumps. About the only thing he hasn't done is write commercial software. He is currently engaged in the production of CD-ROMs of ported free software, and this book is one result of his experience in this area. He is available for short-term contracts and can be reached by mail at grog@lemis.de.

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