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UNIX Filesystems: Evolution, Design, and Implementation

ISBN: 978-0-471-16483-8
480 pages
January 2003
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  • Covers all versions of UNIX, as well as Linux, operating systems that are used by the majority of Fortune 1000 companies for their mission-critical data
  • Offers more detail than other books on the file input/output aspects of UNIX programming
  • Describes implementation of UNIX filesystems over a thirty year period
  • Demonstrates VERITAS and other filesystem examples
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Table of Contents

Foreword xvii

Introduction xix

Chapter 1 UNIX Evolution and Standardization 1

Chapter 2 File-Based Concepts 17

Chapter 3 User File I/O 35

Chapter 4 The Standard I/O Library 73

Chapter 5 Filesystem-Based Concepts 85

Chapter 6 UNIX Kernel Concepts 105

Chapter 7 Development of the SVR4 VFS/Vnode Architecture 121

Chapter 8 Non-SVR4-Based Filesystem Architectures 155

Chapter 9 Disk-Based Filesystem Case Studies 189

Chapter 10 Mapping Filesystems to Multiprocessor Systems 237

Chapter 11 Pseudo Filesystems 249

Chapter 12 Filesystem Backup 265

Chapter 13 Clustered and Distributed Filesystems 285

Chapter 14 Developing a Filesystem for the Linux Kernel 325

Glossary 407

References 425

Index 429

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Author Information

STEVE D. PATE is a senior manager and long time contributor to the VERITAS Filesystems Group. For the last fifteen years, he has been involved in the design and development of operating systems for numerous versions of UNIX and microkernel-based implementations of UNIX.
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