POSIX is an acronym for "Portable Operating System Interface", a family of standards specified by the IEEE for maintaining compatibility between operating systems.

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Why isn't there a Unix API?

Why isn't there the Unix API? I mean, as there is the Windows API. I know a lot of things in the Unix world is modular, and those things put together creates a whole system. This sounds good but does ...
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Any problem assigning one variable to another in shell without using quotes? [duplicate]

This question is about assigning the entire contents of one variable to another variable. Variable is not being used (sent to echo, etc.) No parameter expansion is being done during the assignment. ...
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Threads vs interrupts

What does it mean when threads are time-sliced? Does that mean they work as interrupts, don't exit while routine is not finished? Or it executes one instruction from one thread then one instruction ...
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How to send all output to `logger` in POSIX shell?

I'd like to log standard output and standard error separately in .xprofile using logger. In Bash I think that would look something like this: exec 1> >(logger --priority user.notice --tag $(...
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fgrep or grep -F, which one is better for portable script? [closed]

I am having this controversial commentary on this answer to a quesion whether we should use fgrep or grep with the -F switch (i.e grep -F) for portability. The points that have been came into light so ...
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Compiling Python 2.7.10 Error

I want to add Python 2.7 to my Unix. I downloaded the sources to the VirtualBox on which the Unix is installed and run ./configure --prefix=/usr \ --enable-shared \ ...
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Why are UNIX/POSIX system call namings so illegible?

What is the reason to use such untelling system call names like time and creat instead of getCurrentTimeSecs and createFile or, maybe more suitable on Unix get_current_time_secs and create_file. Which ...
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ipcs(1) POSIX equivalent to System V

I know that with ipcs(1) command, one can monitor System V message queues, shared memory and semaphores, but how do I monitor POSIX message queues, shared memory and semaphores. For POSIX message ...
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/bin/sh script error “arithmetic expression: expecting primary: ” + “ ”

ERROR: ./client-disconnect.sh: 22: ./client-disconnect.sh: arithmetic expression: expecting primary: " + " I just need to know how to fix it. It's for user accounting with OpenVPN. Script #!/bin/...
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Is there a command line tool to manage unix signals?

Is there a command runner like env, nice, nohup, etc., that can run a program with modified signals? In my case, I need something to reset SIGINT to SIG_DFL. Why do I need this? Because non-...
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Getting CRC mismatch warnings in gdb on cygwin

When I run any program under gdb in cygwin shell I get following warnings... warning: the debug information found in "/usr/lib/debug//usr/bin/cyggcc_s-seh-1.dll.dbg" does not match "/usr/bin/...
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bash completion in Posix mode

I would like to use an interactive Posix bash shell but the autocomplete feature doesn't work. When I type the Tab character it simply prints a tab. The tab completion works only when I'm in a non-...
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What is the point of using multiple exclamation marks in sed?

POSIX sed documentation said: A function can be preceded by one or more '!' characters, in which case the function shall be applied if the addresses do not select the pattern space. Zero or ...
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Grep for regex in basename but return wholename

So say I have a list of files in a text file: ... /foo/barfoo /bar/foo/foobar /foobar/bar/foo ... I have a script that will search through this text file and, much like the locate command, I want ...
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POSIX shell scripting and performance tuning [closed]

Nowadays, I'm researching for performance tuning for shell scripting , And I have been prevented to POSIX shell scripting, However it's only a standard, But I think it's rathar than standard for do it....
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What are the 'n', 'l', '3pm' sections of the manual for?

An excerpt from the man man page: The default action is to search in all of the available sections following a pre-defined order ("1 n l 8 3 2 3posix 3pm 3perl 5 4 9 6 7" by default) What are ...
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Is it better to archive/move mail based on mtime or ctime?

I have been using a perl script to archive mail found here The script uses ctime to process and decide which month sub folder to place mail. In most cases this is fine since the ctime = mtime and ...
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When to use XPG* version of a command?

I occasionally do work on an older Solaris machine whose default version of grep is non-POSIX-compliant. This causes problems in my rc files because the default grep on the machine doesn't support ...
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I have a multi-line string that I need to iterate over, but I'm not using bash. Advice?

I'm using Dash because this is to run on my rPi. Bash is not an option. I'm rewriting a Bash script to work with Dash. I'm hoping to make it as POSIX-compliant (portable) as possible. The thing is it'...
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Order between options and operands?

When using a utility program, we may specify options (and their option arguments) and/or operands. In most cases (in the sense of conforming to some standard (POSIX?)) does the order between ...
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Will `mv` ever have the ability to create directories?

This question asks for the best way to create a directory when using mv if it doesn't exist. My question is why isn't this an inbuilt feature of mv? Is there some fundamental reason due to which this ...
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What, as examples, can produce a POLLNVAL?

The reference about poll() just says “The specified fd value is invalid. This flag is only valid in the revents member; it shall ignored in the events member.”. That's not clear (at least to me): if ...
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Multithreading in Mail server (Postfix)

I need to perform multithreading on postfix mail server. I read about POSIX multithreading but could it be linked to postfix smtp server and if yes then how? System Specification: ubuntu 14.04 LTS and ...
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find printf switch POSIX alternative

I'd like to rewrite these 2 command so they will use only POSIX-complaint switches: find "$TARGET_DIR" -maxdepth 1 -type d -printf '(DIR) %f\n' find "$TARGET_DIR" -maxdepth 1 -type f -printf '%s %f ...
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OS X Yosemite is SUS - Single Unix Specification 3 certified. But what posix standard is it compliant to? the latest one is 2008

I'm confused. Is SUS compliance the same as POSIX compliance? Is yosemite compliant to the latest standards, what years exactly?
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Use #!/bin/sh or #!/bin/bash for Ubuntu-OSX compatibility and ease of use & POSIX

I know that I can use either as the first line of scripts to invoke the desired shell. Would #!/bin/sh be recommended if compatibility with all unix systems is an absolute requirement? In my case ...
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regarding portable sed -e… d b or ! b?

In this edit Stéphane Chazelas POSIXifies (again) my sed formatting by inserting an -expression break and another -expression statement. Now, I might just ask him why in the comments, I suppose, but ...
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Why does 'find -exec cmd {} +' need to end in '{} +'?

Preface: I understand the difference between -exec {} \; & -exec {} +. I also don't have a problem as such, I am just curious about the semantics of find. When ending the -exec argument with + ...
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Is field splitting and filename expansion turn off in RHS of variable assignment portable?

In most POSIX compliant shell like bash. ksh, dash, mksh, pdksh, when variable assignment occur, field splitting and filename expansion (and brace expansion if the shell supports) are not performed in ...
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Regular expression in unzip files argument not working

I'm trying to view the contents of a zip archive using an extremely simple regular expression. This works: rmorton@Rockette:~$ unzip -l Downloads/WeiDU-Linux-236.zip "*/i386/tolower" "*/i386/weidu" "*...
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Where can I find official POSIX and UNIX documentation?

I am looking for official documents on all POSIX standards and specifications. I would like to be able t read the docs to get a better understanding of UNIX systems and how they work at a low level. I'...
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POSIX compliant way to work with a list of filenames possibly with whitespace

I have seen Bash scripting guides suggesting the use of array for working with filenames containing whitespace. DashAsBinSh however suggests that arrays are not portable so I am looking for a POSIX ...
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Is there a specific reason why iptables would return an exit code of 3 (instead of 1?) when executed without sufficient privileges?

I simply forgot to use sudo: usr@arch ~[0] $ iptables -L iptables v1.4.21: can't initialize iptables table `filter': Permission denied (you must be root) Perhaps iptables or your kernel needs to be ...
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open() return new file descriptor posix [closed]

I have to set the return values for open() in posix. How do I return "the new file descriptor" as it is said in the Linux man pages: RETURN VALUE open(), openat(), and creat() return the new ...
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Is it OK to use “.” to run files instead of source - in .bashrc in Ubuntu and OS X?

OK, so source runs the script in the current shell and . separately, as detailed in running script with ". " and with "source " for example, but, specifically, in my .bashrc file, ...
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How is it possible to execute a command with an unknown number of arguments in a POSIX shell?

I want to search for multiple words inside the current directory. To accomplish this I use something like this. grep -e "word1" -e "word2" -R . This works fine. Taking this one step further, I ...
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Single or double brackets and portability

I have found some very good answers here on the differences between [ and [[ in 'if' statements. For specific named shells, it seems to be a good idea to use [[ over [ (and it is faster, too). I'm ...
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linux command to check POSIX message queue

We can check the details of system V message queue with the help of ipcscommand. Is there any command to check POSIX message queue in Linux?
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Process IDs range

On GNU/Linux system I seen only positive PIDs, but when kernel panic occured I seen info about process with PID=0. What's it? On Minix 3 I seen processes with negative PIDs. Minix is POSIX-compatible ...
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Is it shell portable to run a command on the same line after variable assignment?

Is there any standard that covers the portability of running a command after variable assignment on the same line? APPLE="cider" echo hi How portable is something like that? Where will it work and ...
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Interactive command usage reference: do you generally have that on Unix?

The question of why some commands rely on manpages whereas others rely on something like the --help flag for providing command usage reference is not new. There is usually a difference in scope ...
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When and how was the double-dash (--) introduced as an end of options delimiter in Unix/Linux?

I don't think the shell/utilities in historical Unix nor in something as "recent" as 4.4BSD supported using a double-dash(or two consecutive hyphens) as an end of options delimiter. With FreeBSD, you ...
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Replace a pattern in a file with a long string

I'm writing a little shell script to generate a directory listing. To make the output easily customizable, the script just builds a HTML-table and than should replace a specific token in a template ...
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Does Posix require any devices?

Does Posix require any devices? For example, /dev/urandom, /dev/zero or /dev/null? I suspect not because of non-*nix OSes, but wanted to ask for completeness.
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Removing non-printable characters using POSIX sed

Files created with roff and other "old-school" tools (for example man pages on many Unix systems) generate bold and underlined text in minimalistic terminals using tricks involving non-printable ASCII ...
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`/proc/$PID/cwd` : is there a POSIX equivalent?

Linux has a /proc directory and file‑system, which as far as I can tell, is not part of POSIX. In each /proc/$PID subdirectories, is a symbolic link, cwd, pointing to the actual working directory of ...
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Is the shell permitted to optimize out useless terminating commands?

If a shell is asked to perform a probably useless (or partially useless) command known to terminate, such as cat hugeregularfile.txt > /dev/null, can it skip that command's execution (or execute a ...
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explanation on chown(1) POSIX spec

The POSIX spec for the chown utility mentions in its rationale section about the chown user:group syntax (formerly chown user.group) (emphasis mine): The 4.3 BSD method of specifying both owner ...
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Protected environment variables?

Are there names of environment variables that cannot be overwritten by the user/a call to setenv? As I understand from POSIX1.2008, any process may edit the environment block, but must avoid ...
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What is meant by “a system call” if not the implementation in the programing language?

I would like to understand the term "system call". I am familiar that system calls are used to get kernel services from a userspace application. The part i need clarification with is the difference ...