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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Force POSIX mode

Brace Expansion, eg {a,b,c} is not defined by POSIX. I would like to run my shell in POSIX mode. With Debian this is simple enough: $ bash -c 'echo {a,b,c}' a b c $ sh -c 'echo {a,b,c}' {a,b,c} ...
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Check if shell variable contains an absolute path

I want to check if a shell variable contains an absolute path. I don't care if the path exists or not—if it doesn't I'm going to create it—but I do want to ensure that I'm dealing with an absolute ...
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Why are there no LSM hooks in the POSIX IPC APIs?

As I understand it, the Linux Security Module (LSM) framework has many hooks which are callbacks for security modules to register functions performing additional security checks before ...
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How to install php7 modules in archlinux?

I have the following php version installed: PHP 7.0.2 (cli) (built: Jan 6 2016 11:50:59) ( NTS ) Copyright (c) 1997-2015 The PHP Group Zend Engine v3.0.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2015 Zend Technologies ...
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uname -n vs hostname

What is the difference between uname -n and hostname? Are there any real differences in what they return? Are there any differences in availability on different OSes? Is one of them included in POSIX ...
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What does [[.ch.]] mean in a regex?

Alternate title: What is a "collating sequence" or "collating element" in a POSIX-compliant regex? I found the exact technical definition in Section 9.3.5 of the POSIX specs, as item #4 in the list, ...
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difference between “function foo() {}” and “foo() {}”

I can define bash functions using or omitting the function keyword. Is there any difference? #!/bin/bash function foo() { echo "foo" } bar() { echo "bar" } foo bar Both calls to functions ...
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Parameter expansion on multiple variables

Parameter expansion on a single variable works as expected. But how to expand parameters that comprise several variables? Example: #!/bin/sh foo=/lorem/ipsum; bar=dolor/sit tmp="$foo/$bar" printf ...
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What exactly is POSIX?

I see POSIX mentioned often and everywhere, and I had assumed it to be the baseline UNIX standard.. until I noticed the following excerpt on a Wikipedia page: The Open Group The Open Group is ...
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Does 'rm .*' ever delete the parent directory?

The expression .* is expanded by bash to include the current and parent directories: $ ls -la total 2600 drwxrwxrwx 2 terdon terdon 2162688 Sep 10 16:22 . drwxr-xr-x 142 terdon terdon 491520 Sep ...
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Why POSIX left `$(expression)` in awk unspecified?

Answering this question, I found that in: echo 1 2 | awk '{print $(expression)}' the return value of expression is unspecified. It can lead to confusion, as if expression is an uninitialized ...
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`EINTR`: is there a rationale behind it?

Small talk as background EINTR is the error which so-called interruptible system calls may return. If a signal occurs while a system call is running, that signal is not ignored and a signal handler ...
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Get output of `posix_spawn`

So I can run a process in Unix / Linux using POSIX, but is there some way I can store / redirect both the STDOUT and STDERR of the process to a file? The spawn.h header contains a deceleration of ...
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Variable assignments affect present running shell

While writing some code I found out that this line: $ TZ="America/Los_Angeles" date; echo "$TZ" Thu Dec 24 14:39:15 PST 2015 Correctly gives the actual time at "Los Angeles" and that the ...
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In POSIX sed, does the period (dot) match a newline in a multiline pattern space?

In GNU sed it works. For example, this matches two blank lines in a multiline pattern space (created with N) /^\n$/ Is this standard?
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Does POSIX sh allow empty compound-list in first condition and empty condition in case conditional construct?

Reading POSIX specification for case conditional construct, I see: case word in [(]pattern1) compound-list;; [[(]pattern[ | pattern] ... ) compound-list;;] ... [[(]pattern[ | pattern] ... ...
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Why GNU find -execdir command behave differently than BSD find?

On my OSX, I've installed GNU find next to default BSD find via: brew install findutils. As far as I understand, BSD find is following POSIX standards and GNU makes it optional (as per this post), ...
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Is there a POSIX way of setting zeroth argument of a target application?

In bash you can use exec -a and in zsh you can alterntavely set ARGV0 to execute a program with a certain zeroth argument but is there also a POSIX way of doing so? As suggested in this one comment ...
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Is test or [ or [[ more portable both between bash shells and between other shells?

I see I can do $ [ -w /home/durrantm ] && echo "writable" writable or $ test -w /home/durrantm && echo "writable" writable or $ [[ -w /home/durrantm ]] && echo ...
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$VAR vs ${VAR} and to quote or not to quote

I can write VAR=$VAR1 VAR=${VAR1} VAR="$VAR1" VAR="${VAR1}" the end result to me all seems about the same. Why should I write one or the other? are any of these not portable/POSIX?
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The SUS v4 would not be able to certify Bell Labs unix v8 because unix has changed right?

I am not an an expert, so I would appreciate it if someone would clarify to me about how UNIX v8 from Bell Labs might not be able to certify with the Single Unix Specification v4 because UNIX has ...
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alphabetical expansion order for *

When I'm using a POSIX compliant shell (es: dash, bash, zsh, ...) can I be sure that * will always expand in alphabetical order (dictated by LC_COLLATE)? example: $ echo 1 > file_a $ echo 2 > ...
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How can I get FreeBSD `patch` to tolerate null bytes?

The patch of the final line fails on FreeBSD 10.2, but works on GNU: #!/bin/sh echo a > f1 printf '\0' >> f1 echo c >> f1 cp f1 f2 echo d >> f2 diff -au f1 f2 > diff patch ...
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When using linux acl mkdir and mkdir -p do different things

I have a directory bar: # file: bar/ # owner: root # group: root user::rwx user:little-jonny:rwx group::r-x mask::rwx other::r-x default:user::rwx default:user:little-jonny:rwx default:group::r-x ...
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Is this tail behavior in Grouping Commands specified by POSIX?

Using tail combined with other standard tools in Grouping Commands can make some powerful constructions. For example, to get the first and last line of a file: $ seq 10 > file $ { head -n1; tail ...
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Why does cd-ing to // set PWD to //, but more slashes just gives /? [duplicate]

On my ubuntu box I accidentally just did cd // and noticed that my current path changed to //. ls showed the contents of my root directory. When I try cd /// (or any other number of slashes) I'm just ...
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Is it safe to ignore O_DIRECT?

I am going to implement a filesystem in FUSE, and later in the kernel. I am not sure what to make out of Direct IO. Different sources emphasize on different things that this flag supposedly implies. ...
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What is posix, and how can I elevate my permissions using python? [closed]

I was wondering if I could elevate my permissions on a chromebook with the os posix using a python script. I was not given the administrative permissions when I was given the laptop for college.
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How to combine POSIX character classes of a regex?

I need to combine different character classes in a regular expresion used by sed. I need to match [:word:] and the minus symbol -. How does that look like? All my attempts failed at trying or ...
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Looking for POSIX utility to test whether filename is a symlink

I know that some shells at least support file test operators that detect when a filename names a symlink. Is there a POSIX utility1 that provides the same functionality? 1 I may not be using the ...
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What are the POSIX “mandatory utilities”?

For some reason, when it comes to POSIX, I always have a hard time finding the full scoop. For example, the POSIX docs (here and here) refer to "mandatory utilities", but I can't find any listing of ...
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Change time format in a file

I have output of a sar commands and the time is not POSIX: Linux 2.6.32-431.29.2.el6.x86_64 (test.server.com) 2015-08-01 _x86_64_ (32 CPU) 12:00:01 AM CPU %usr %nice %sys ...
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How to open grep(1p) manpage?

At the end of man grep, it says SEE ALSO\ POSIX Programmer's Manual Page grep(1p). I am not able to open the manpage grep(1p). How do I do that? Search net, Unix.SE and did trial and ...
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New signal arrives while execution is in a signal handler, how to decide which is first?

I am working on a tool handling a massive amount of signals (with different signums) with sigaction(). I need to handle the case, if a new signal is coming, while the previous was in a signal ...
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Why do Linux/POSIX have lchown but no lchmod?

It seems that Linux supports changing the owner of a symbolic link (i.e. lchown) but changing the mode/permission of a symbolic link (i.e. lchmod) is not supported. As far as I can see this is in ...
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POSIX head and tail not feature equivalent

The documentation for POSIX tail's -n option says that The origin for counting shall be 1; that is, -n +1 represents the first line of the file, -n -1 the last. So tail -n 10 (used later on the ...
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How reliable/portable are Nix built-ins/commands (echo, ps, sort, uniq) from Debian to other distros

I've coded a script and am wondering about it's reliability / portability. #!/bin/bash threadsPlease() { ps -mo lwp,c -p $1 | sort -gk 2 | uniq -f 1 } THREAD_LINE=$( threadsPlease $1 | grep -v - ...
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Linux UART IO File

How bytes received on UART device are stored in some serial Linux devices /dev/ttyS? How to read them? What is the procedure? Should that device file be closed, when new data is arriving?
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Portability of “> /dev/stdout”

Occasionally I need to specify a "path-equivalent" of one of the standard IO streams (stdin, stdout, stderr). Since 99% of the time I work with Linux, I just prepend /dev/ to get /dev/stdin, etc., ...
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What happens to a multithreaded Linux process if it gets a signal?

If a Unix (Posix) process receives a signal, a signal handler will run. What will happen to it in a multithreaded process? Which thread receives the signal? On my opinion, the signal API should be ...
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Reading input fields separated by spaces

How can I read in POSIX bash input like this: <name>,<tag1> <tag2> <tag3>… I tried while read line;do done but this wants newlines, all I have is spaces. (Is IFS solution? ...
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What's the difference of the Userland vs the Kernel?

I am trying to understand exactly what is userland? everyone that I ask says: "Anything that is not kernel". but it is not tangible for me. When I am reading that kernel can run that driver on the ...
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posix placement of stdin redirection (<in cmd vs cmd <in)

I always write stdin redirection after the command, because for me it's more natural to have first the command and then the redirections (if any): some-command < input-file > output-file For ...
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POSIX behavior of sed's ^ and $ regex anchors with multiline pattern spaces

What is the POSIX behavior of the sed ^ and $ anchors when used at the beginning and end of a regex if the pattern space contains embedded newlines, like after you use the N command? Should they ...
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awk/nawk alternative on SunOs and Linux

I have a script that basically checks the Java version on the box it's running on and does whatever based on the version number. My problem is that I want to use the same command on both SunOs and ...
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How do I use grep to find a text string in files in sub folders of a parent folder without -r switch

I'm using Solaris 10 and have two grep versions one in /usr/bin and one in /usr/xpg4/bin. I have been searching for an answer on how to search for text within files within sub folders of a parent ...
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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 ...