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       standards - C and UNIX Standards


       The  CONFORMING TO section that appears in many manual pages identifies
       various standards to which  the  documented  interface  conforms.   The
       following list briefly describes these standards.

       V7     Version 7, the ancestral UNIX from Bell Labs.

       4.2BSD This is an implementation standard defined by the 4.2 release of
              the Berkeley Software Distribution, released by  the  University
              of  California at Berkeley.  This was the first Berkeley release
              that contained a TCP/IP stack and the sockets API.   4.2BSD  was
              released in 1983.

              Earlier  major  BSD  releases included 3BSD (1980), 4BSD (1980),
              and 4.1BSD (1981).

       4.3BSD The successor to 4.2BSD, released in 1986.

       4.4BSD The successor to 4.3BSD, released in 1993.  This  was  the  last
              major Berkeley release.

       System V
              This  is  an implementation standard defined by AT&T’s milestone
              1983 release of its commercial System  V  (five)  release.   The
              previous major AT&T release was System III, released in 1981.

       System V release 2 (SVr2)
              This  was the next System V release, made in 1985.  The SVr2 was
              formally described in the System V Interface Definition  version
              1 (SVID 1) published in 1985.

       System V release 3 (SVr3)
              This  was the successor to SVr2, released in 1986.  This release
              was formally described in  the  System  V  Interface  Definition
              version 2 (SVID 2).

       System V release 4 (SVr4)
              This  was the successor to SVr3, released in 1989.  This version
              of System V is described in the "Programmer’s Reference  Manual:
              Operating  System  API  (Intel processors)" (Prentice-Hall 1992,
              ISBN 0-13-951294-2) This release was formally described  in  the
              System  V  Interface  Definition  version  3  (SVID  3),  and is
              considered the definitive System V release.

       SVID 4 System  V  Interface  Definition  version  4,  issued  in  1995.
              Available online at .

       C89    This  was  the  first  C  language  standard,  ratified  by ANSI
              (American National Standards Institute) in  1989  (X3.159-1989).
              Sometimes this is known as ANSI C, but since C99 is also an ANSI
              standard, this  term  is  ambiguous.   This  standard  was  also
              ratified  by  ISO (International Standards Organization) in 1990
              (ISO/IEC 9899:1990), and is thus occasionally referred to as ISO

       C99    This  revision of the C language standard was ratified by ISO in
              1999 (ISO/IEC 9899:1999).  Available online at

              "Portable    Operating    System    Interface    for   Computing
              Environments".  IEEE 1003.1-1990 part 1, ratified by ISO in 1990
              (ISO/IEC  9945-1:1990).   The term "POSIX" was coined by Richard

              IEEE  Std  1003.2-1992,  describing  commands   and   utilities,
              ratified by ISO in 1993 (ISO/IEC 9945-2:1993).

       POSIX.1b (formerly known as POSIX.4)
              IEEE   Std  1003.1b-1993  describing  real-time  facilities  for
              portable operating systems, ratified by  ISO  in  1996  (ISO/IEC

              IEEE Std 1003.1c-1995 describing the POSIX threads interfaces.

              IEEE    Std   1003.1c-1999   describing   additional   real-time

              IEEE Std  1003.1g-2000  describing  networking  APIs  (including

              IEEE  Std 1003.1j-2000 describing advanced real-time extensions.

              A 1996 revision  of  POSIX.1  which  incorporated  POSIX.1b  and

       XPG3   Released  in 1989, this was the first significant release of the
              X/Open Portability Guide, produced  by  the  X/Open  Company,  a
              multivendor consortium.  This multivolume guide was based on the
              POSIX standards.

       XPG4   A revision of the X/Open Portability Guide, released in 1992.

       XPG4v2 A 1994 revision of XPG4.  This is also referred to as Spec 1170,
              where  1170 referred to the number of interfaces defined by this

       SUS (SUSv1)
              Single UNIX Specification.  This was a repackaging of XPG4v2 and
              other  X/Open standards (X/Open Curses Issue 4 version 2, X/Open
              Networking Service (XNS) Issue 4).  Systems conforming  to  this
              standard can be branded UNIX 95.

       SUSv2  Single UNIX Specification version 2.  Sometimes also referred to
              as XPG5.  This standard appeared in 1997.  Systems conforming to
              this standard can be branded UNIX 98.  See also http://www.UNIX-

       POSIX.1-2001, SUSv3
              This was a 2001  revision  and  consolidation  of  the  POSIX.1,
              POSIX.2,  and  SUS  standards  into a single document, conducted
              under     the     auspices     of     the      Austin      group
              (  .)  The standard is available
              online  at  ,   and   the
              interfaces  that  it  describes  are also available in the Linux
              manual pages package under sections 1p and  3p  (e.g.,  "man  3p

              The   standard   defines   two   levels  of  conformance:  POSIX
              conformance, which is a baseline set of interfaces required of a
              conforming  system;  and  XSI  Conformance,  which  additionally
              mandates a set of interfaces (the  "XSI  extension")  which  are
              only optional for POSIX conformance.  XSI-conformant systems can
              be branded UNIX 03.  (XSI  conformance  constitutes  the  Single
              UNIX Specification version 3 (SUSv3).)

              The POSIX.1-2001 document is broken into four parts:

              XBD:    Definitions,    terms    and   concepts,   header   file

              XSH: Specifications of functions (i.e., system calls and library
              functions in actual implementations).

              XCU:  Specifications  of  commands and utilities (i.e., the area
              formerly described by POSIX.2).

              XRAT: Informative text on the other parts of the standard.

              POSIX.1-2001 is aligned with C99, so that  all  of  the  library
              functions   standardized   in   C99  are  also  standardized  in

              Two Technical Corrigenda (minor fixes and improvements)  of  the
              original  2001  standard have occurred: TC1 in 2003 (referred to
              as POSIX.1-2003), and TC2 in 2004 (referred to as POSIX.1-2004).

       POSIX.1-2008, SUSv4
              Work  on  the  next  revision  of  POSIX.1/SUS was completed and
              ratified in 2008.

              The changes in this revision are not  as  large  as  those  that
              occurred  for POSIX.1-2001/SUSv3, but a number of new interfaces
              are added and various details  of  existing  specifications  are
              modified.    Many  of  the  interfaces  that  were  optional  in
              POSIX.1-2001 become  mandatory  in  the  2008  revision  of  the
              standard.  A few interfaces that are present in POSIX.1-2001 are
              marked as obsolete in POSIX.1-2008, or removed from the standard

              The  revised  standard  is  broken  into  the same four parts as
              POSIX.1-2001, and again there are two levels of conformance: the
              baseline  POSIX Conformance, and XSI Conformance, which mandates
              an additional  set  of  interfaces  beyond  those  in  the  base

              In  general,  where  the  CONFORMING TO section of a manual page
              lists POSIX.1-2001, it can be assumed that  the  interface  also
              conforms to POSIX.1-2008, unless otherwise noted.

              Further  information  can be found on the Austin group web site,


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