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UNIX Programmer's Supplementary Documents (PSD)

4.4 Berkeley Software Distribution (June, 1993)

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Documents of Historical Interest

PSD:1 - The Unix Time-Sharing System
Dennis Ritchie and Ken Thompson's original paper about UNIX, reprinted from Communications of the ACM.

PSD:2 - Unix Implementation
Ken Thompson's description of the implementation of the Version 7 kernel and file system.

PSD:3 - The Unix I/O System
Dennis Ritchie's overview of the I/O System of Version 7; still helpful for those writing device drivers.

PSD:4 - Unix Programming - Second Edition
Describes the programming interface to the UNIX version 7 operating system and the standard I/O library. Should be supplemented by Kernighan and Pike, ``The UNIX Programming Environment'', Prentice-Hall, 1984 and especially by the Programmer Reference Manual section 2 (system calls) and 3 (library routines).

PSD:5 - Berkeley Software Architecture Manual (4.4 Edition)
A concise and terse description of the system call interface provided in Berkeley Unix, as revised for 4.4BSD. This will never be a best seller.

Languages in common use

PSD:6 - The C Programming Language - Reference Manual
Official statement of the syntax of C. Should be supplemented by ``The C Programming Language,'' B.W. Kernighan and D.M. Ritchie, Prentice-Hall, 1978, that contains a tutorial introduction and many examples.

PSD:7 - Berkeley Pascal User's Manual
An implementation of this language popular for learning to program.

PSD:8 - A Portable Fortran 77 Compiler
A revised version of the document which originally appeared in Volume 2b of the Bell Labs documentation; this version reflects the work done at Berkeley.

PSD:9 - Introduction to the f77 I/O Library
A description of the revised input/output library for Fortran 77, reflecting work carried out at Berkeley.

Programming Tools

PSD:10 - Debugging with GDB: The GNU Source-Level Debugger
How to debug programs using the source level gdb debugger (or how to debug programs without having to know much about machine language).

PSD:11 - A Tutorial Introduction to ADB
How to debug programs using the assembly-language level adb debugger.

PSD:12 - Make - A Program for Maintaining Computer Programs
Indispensable tool for making sure large programs are properly compiled with minimal effort.

PSD:13 - An Introduction to the Revision Control System
RCS is a user-contributed tool for working together with other people without stepping on each other's toes. An alternative to sccs for controlling software changes.

PSD:14 - An Introduction to the Source Code Control System
A useful introductory article for those users with installations licensed for SCCS.

PSD:15 - YACC: Yet Another Compiler-Compiler
Converts a BNF specification of a language and semantic actions written in C into a compiler for that language.

PSD:16 - LEX - A Lexical Analyzer Generator
Creates a recognizer for a set of regular expressions: each regular expression can be followed by arbitrary C code to be executed upon finding the regular expression.

PSD:17 - The M4 Macro Processor
M4 is a macro processor useful in its own right and as a front-end for C, Ratfor, and Cobol.

PSD:18 - gprof: a Call Graph Execution Profiler
A program to show the call graph and execution time of a program. Indispensable aid for improving the running time of almost everything.

Programming Libraries

PSD:19 - Screen Updating and Cursor Movement Optimization
Describes the curses package, an aid for writing screen-oriented, terminal-independent programs.

General Reference

PSD:20 - An Introductory 4.4BSD Interprocess Communication Tutorial
How to write programs that use the Interprocess Communication Facilities of 4.4BSD.

PSD:21 - An Advanced 4.4BSD Interprocess Communication Tutorial
The reference document (with some examples) for the Interprocess Communication Facilities of 4.4BSD.

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