Unix System Programming (International Computer Science Series) Paperback – 1 Jun 1987
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you will not find huge examples of code in this book. there are no big projects in it. what you will find is a great breakdown of a lot of UNIX functions for C, and small, detailed examples of how to use them. it has everything from how to handle time, how to use sockets, how to read/write data to files, and a lot of other things.
sometimes when you're working on a project, you forget the little things, and you will ask yourself something like "how do i make sure a file exists before i try to read it in?", or "how do i use a semaphore again?". this is the book that answers all of those little questions that you will have over the course of a project.
I did buy Practical UNIX Programming and are using both books. Along with UNIX System V Network Programming by Rago, I have the necessary stepping-stones into the Steven's Books (TCP 1-3, Advanced UNIX, UNIX Network Programming Vol1-2, etc).
As an alternative... I purchased Practical UNIX Programming by Kay A. Robbins, Steven Robbins, Kay, Ret Robbins. It is better priced and hardcover. The Contents are compatible to the above book and full source-code is on the Web.
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