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A Practical Guide to Red Hat® Linux® 8 by Mark G. Sobell

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Appendix D. The POSIX Standards

IN THIS APPENDIX

Background

POSIX.1

POSIX.2

POSIX.3

POSIX.4

POSIX.5

Profiles and POSIX Standards

In the past, the existence of various versions of the UNIX system was a fruitful source of creative and innovative software. However, it has also been a persistent source of frustration for users and programmers. Users who moved between the BSD and System V versions of the system, for example, discovered that commands that worked on one system did not work, or worked differently, on the other. Programmers found a similar phenomenon: Programs that worked on one system behaved differently, or even failed to compile, on another. In 1984 the user's group /usr/group (now called UniForum) started an effort to specify a “standard ...

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