The Linux Programming Interface: A Linux and UNIX System Programming Handbook

The Linux Programming Interface: A Linux and UNIX System Programming Handbook

by Michael Kerrisk
The Linux Programming Interface: A Linux and UNIX System Programming Handbook

The Linux Programming Interface: A Linux and UNIX System Programming Handbook

by Michael Kerrisk


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The Linux Programming Interface (TLPI) is the definitive guide to the Linux and UNIX programming interface—the interface employed by nearly every application that runs on a Linux or UNIX system.

In this authoritative work, Linux programming expert Michael Kerrisk provides detailed descriptions of the system calls and library functions that you need in order to master the craft of system programming, and accompanies his explanations with clear, complete example programs.

You'll find descriptions of over 500 system calls and library functions, and more than 200 example programs, 88 tables, and 115 diagrams. You'll learn how to:
–Read and write files efficiently
–Use signals, clocks, and timers
–Create processes and execute programs
–Write secure programs
–Write multithreaded programs using POSIX threads
–Build and use shared libraries
–Perform interprocess communication using pipes, message queues, shared memory, and semaphores
–Write network applications with the sockets API

While The Linux Programming Interface covers a wealth of Linux-specific features, including epoll, inotify, and the /proc file system, its emphasis on UNIX standards (POSIX.1-2001/SUSv3 and POSIX.1-2008/SUSv4) makes it equally valuable to programmers working on other UNIX platforms.

The Linux Programming Interface is the most comprehensive single-volume work on the Linux and UNIX programming interface, and a book that's destined to become a new classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593272203
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Pages: 1552
Sales rank: 455,011
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

Michael Kerrisk has been using and programming UNIX systems for more than 20 years, and has taught many week-long courses on UNIX system programming. Since 2004, he has maintained the man-pages project (, which produces the manual pages describing the Linux kernel and glibc programming APIs. He has written or co-written more than 250 of the manual pages and is actively involved in the testing and design review of new Linux kernel-userspace interfaces. Michael lives with his family in Munich, Germany.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: History and Standards
Chapter 2: Fundamental Concepts
Chapter 3: System Programming Concepts
Chapter 4: File I/O: The Universal I/O Model
Chapter 5: File I/O: Further Details
Chapter 6: Processes
Chapter 7: Memory Allocation
Chapter 8: Users and Groups
Chapter 9: Process Credentials
Chapter 10: Time
Chapter 11: System Limits and Options
Chapter 12: System and Process Information
Chapter 13: File I/O Buffering
Chapter 14: File Systems
Chapter 15: File Attributes
Chapter 16: Extended Attributes
Chapter 17: Access Control Lists
Chapter 18: Directories and Links
Chapter 19: Monitoring File Events
Chapter 20: Signals: Fundamental Concepts
Chapter 21: Signals: Signal Handlers
Chapter 22: Signals: Advanced Features
Chapter 23: Timers and Sleeping
Chapter 24: Process Creation
Chapter 25: Process Termination
Chapter 26: Monitoring Child Processes
Chapter 27: Program Execution
Chapter 28: Process Creation and Program Execution in More Detail
Chapter 29: Threads: Introduction
Chapter 30: Threads: Thread Synchronization
Chapter 31: Threads: Thread Safety and Per-Thread Storage
Chapter 32: Threads: Thread Cancellation
Chapter 33: Threads: Further Details
Chapter 34: Process Groups, Sessions, and Job Control
Chapter 35: Process Priorities and Scheduling
Chapter 36: Process Resources
Chapter 37: Daemons
Chapter 38: Writing Secure Privileged Programs
Chapter 39: Capabilities
Chapter 40: Login Accounting
Chapter 41: Fundamentals of Shared Libraries
Chapter 42: Advanced Features of Shared Libraries
Chapter 43: Interprocess Communication Overview
Chapter 44: Pipes and FIFOs
Chapter 45: Introduction to System V IPC
Chapter 46: System V Message Queues
Chapter 47: System V Semaphores
Chapter 48: System V Shared Memory
Chapter 49: Memory Mappings
Chapter 50: Virtual Memory Operations
Chapter 51: Introduction to POSIX IPC
Chapter 52: POSIX Message Queues
Chapter 53: POSIX Semaphores
Chapter 54: POSIX Shared Memory
Chapter 55: File Locking
Chapter 56: Sockets: Introduction
Chapter 57: Sockets: UNIX Domain
Chapter 58: Sockets: Fundamentals of TCP/IP Networks
Chapter 59: Sockets: Internet Domains
Chapter 60: Sockets: Server Design
Chapter 61: Sockets: Advanced Topics
Chapter 62: Terminals
Chapter 63: Alternative I/O Models
Chapter 64: Pseudoterminals
Appendix A: Tracing System Calls
Appendix B: Parsing Command-Line Options
Appendix C: Casting the NULL Pointer
Appendix D: Kernel Configuration
Appendix E: Further Sources of Information
Appendix F: Solutions to Selected Exercises
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