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 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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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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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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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 attempty failed at trying or ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Consequences of setting up POSIX locales

Small background of the situation: We are using several UBUNTU servers having English as working language; however having en_US locale set in machines we encounter problems with apt-cacher-ng ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 command that moves cursor to specific position in terminal window

in school we have been assigned a homework in which we are suppose to print an ascii art into a terminal window. A input is data in format [x_coordinate, y_coordinate, char_ascii_value] (there is no ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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POSIX description of cp -R

I just became really confused by the implementation of bash's cp -R command compared to how POSIX words what should happen Given the posix definition, I would expect cp -R srcDir existingDestDir to ...
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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 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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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 ...