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The Design and Implementation of the 4.4BSD Operating System

Author(s): Marshall Kirk McKusick, Keith Bostic, Michael J. Karels, John S. Quarterman  
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman, Inc  
Edition: 1  

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The Design and Implementation of the 4.4 BSD Operating System

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This book describes the design and application of the BSD operating system which is previously known as the Berkeley version of UNIX. Today, BSD is found in nearly every variant of UNIX, it is widely used for Internet services and firewalls, timesharing, and multiprocessing systems. Readers involved in technical and sales support can learn the capabilities and limitations of the system; applications developers can learn effectively and efficiently how to interface to the system; systems programmers will learn how to maintain, tune, and extend the system. Written from the different aspect of the system's architects, this book gives the most broad, up-to-date, and authoritative technical information on the internal structure of the latest BSD system. The previous book on 4.3BSD, the authors first update the history and goals of the BSD system. Then, while explaining key design decisions, they detail the concepts, data structures, and algorithms used in implementing the system's facilities. Highlights of the book: Details major changes in process and memory management Describes the new extensible and stackable filesystem interface Includes an invaluable chapter on the new network filesystem Updates information on networking and interprocess communication

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