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Unix™ Systems Programming: Communication, Concurrency, and Threads by Steven Robbins, Kay A. Robbins

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Chapter 6. UNIX Special Files

This chapter discusses UNIX special files that represent devices. Two important examples of special files are pipes and FIFOs, interprocess communication mechanisms that allow processes running on the same system to share information and hence cooperate. The chapter introduces the client-server model and also discusses how to handle special files representing devices such as terminals.

Pipes

The capacity to communicate is essential for processes that cooperate to solve a problem. The simplest UNIX interprocess communication ...

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