Start Date: 04/04/2022

Price 7,680 ILS


Course Overview

This hands-on course is a follow on course to the Linux systems administration course.
The course covers technical in-depth topics including system programming, file systems, signals, processes, pipes, threads, timers, input-output, sockets, the kernel and scripting.

Who should attend?

Linux systems programmers. The course is intended for programmers who are familiar with the C programming language and at least one other operating system.


C programming knowledge. An advantage to introduction To Linux or Linux Fundamentals or equivalent. Linux systems administration. Some basic experience in using Linux, Unix or another operating system.

Course Outline:

1. Linux/Unix Overview


  • History and philosophy of Unix/Linux and Open Source
  • System architecture: from user interface to hardware
  • Getting around: shell basics
  • Overview: strace-ing “Hello World”

2. System Programming

  • Anatomy of a system call: uname()
  • /proc – your window to the kernel

3. File Systems

  • Overview of common file systems: ext2/3, nfs, reiserfs, xfs, vfat
  • Kernel file system architecture, from block devices to files & directories
  • File related system calls: stat, access, open, close, read, write
  • Exercise
  • More file related system calls: readv, writev
  • Exercise

4. Using Signals

  • Overview of signals
  • Typical usage
  • Gotcha’s – traps and pitfalls
  • Exercise

5. Processes

  • What is a process
  • Process environment
  • Working with processes: fork, exec* and wait*
  • Exercise

6. Pipes and IPC (inter-process communication)

  • Pipe and dup2, popen and pclose system calls
  • FIFOs (named pipes)
  • Shared memory
  • Sockets
  • Semaphores
  • Exercise


7. Threads

  • Time, gettimeofday system calls
  • Alarm, setitimer
  • Nanosleep
  • Exercise

8. Timers

  • Using the Unix clock
  • Internal clocks

9. Socket programming

  • TCP/IP overview
  • The socket API
  • Datagram v.s. connection-oriented sockets
  • Typical client/server examples

10. I/O

  • File locking with fcntl
  • Asynchronous I/O via select
  • Exercise

11. The kernel

  • The kernel boot process
  • Building the kernel
  • An overview of module programming
  • Exercise

12. Scripting

  • Overview
  • Variables
  • Functions
  • Examples
  • Exercise

13. Summary