BeOS - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781558605329, 9780080500003


1st Edition

Porting UNIX Applications

Authors: Martin Brown
Paperback ISBN: 9781558605329
eBook ISBN: 9780080500003
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 10th August 1998
Page Count: 496
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The BeOS is the exciting new operating system designed natively for the Internet and digital media. Programmers are drawn to the BeOS by its many state-of-the-art features, including pervasive multithreading, a symmetric multiprocessing architecture, and an integrated multithreaded graphics system. The Be engineering team also built in many UNIX-like capabilities as part of a POSIX toolkit. Best of all, the BeOS runs on a variety of Intel architectures and PowerPC platforms and uses off-the-shelf hardware.

This book explores the BeOS from a POSIX programmer's point of view, providing a comprehensive and practical guide to porting UNIX and other POSIX-based software to the BeOS. BeOS: Porting UNIX Applications will help you move your favorite UNIX software to an environment designed from the ground up for high-performance applications.

Key Features

  • Supports BeOS Release 3

  • Provides a step-by-step guide to the porting process from downloading the source code to installing the application

  • Explains how to port off-the-shelf utilities like Emacs and Perl as well as your own programs and tools to the BeOS

  • Offers a comprehensive POSIX reference for anyone who is porting or writing software for the BeOS

  • Furnishes a simple catalog of tools and features available on the BeOS


UNIX programmer and programmers working on other POSIX compliant systems interested in porting applications from those systems to the BeOS.

Table of Contents

Part I Preparation

1. Chapter 1 - Introduction to the Porting Process

1.1. Life Cycle of a Port

1.2. Choosing an Application to Port

1.3. Difficulties with the BeOS

2. Chapter 2 - BeOS Structure

2.1. Basic Structure

2.2. Applying UNIX structure to the BeOS

2.3. Missing links and Other Goodies

3. Chapter 3 - Were not in UNIX Anymore

3.1. The BeOS's Concept of Users

3.2. The BeOS's Concept of Groups

3.3. Effects on Porting

3.4. Processes

4. Chapter 4 - Useful Tools

4.1. bash

4.2. grep

4.3. sed

4.4. less

4.5. touch

4.6. tr

4.7. uniq and sort

4.8. Editors

5. Chapter 5 - Sources

5.1. Getting the Sources

5.2. Working with Archives

5.3. Archive Contents

6. Chapter 6 - Revisions and Backups

6.1. Revision Control System (RCS)

6.2. Concurrent Version System (CVS)

6.3. Using diff for Revisions

6.4. patch

6.5. Backups

Part II The Porting Process

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About the Author

Martin Brown

Martin C. Brown is one of the most active programmers outside of Be porting UNIX applications to the BeOS. He has worked with most varieties of UNIX, Mac, and Windows systems, doing everything from software development to system administration. When he’s not on the job as an IT manager, he is enthusiastically involved in the Be development effort.