Linux/UNIX System Programming Essentials Training

Course code: M7D-SPESS01

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Course overview

This one-day course provides an introduction to a range of fundamental system programming concepts: file I/O using system calls, signals, processes, and process lifecycle. The course consists of a mixture of presentations coupled with practical exercises that allow participants to apply the knowledge learned in the presentations.

The course provides the prerequisite knowledge that is required for either of the follow-on courses, Linux/UNIX Threads and IPC Programming (M7D-TIPC01) and Linux/UNIX IPC Programming (M7D-IPC02).

Previous system programming experience is not required.

Related courses

This course covers the same topics as the first day of the System Programming for Linux Containers (M7D-SPLC02) course.

Course details

Course outline.

The course employs a lecture+lab format.

Audience and prerequisites

The audience for this course includes:

In order to get the most out of the course, participants should have:

Note: previous system programming experience is not required.

Lab sessions

A significant part of the course is spent on practical exercises. The lab sessions also provide participants with the opportunity to obtain one-to-one assistance from the trainer on the course material and exercises.

Course materials

Course participants receive a course book of around 100 pages. The course book includes all of the slides and exercises presented in the course. Some notable features of the course book are the following: TLPI front cover (small)

In addition to the course book, participants receive a copy of The Linux Programming Interface, in ebook form.

Onsite and virtual onsite courses

For onsite and virtual onsite courses, please email regarding availability and pricing.

Public courses: upcoming dates, prices, and booking

Date Location Maximum participants
28 October 2024
Online: UTC-4 timezone (Americas) 16 Registration
11 November 2024
Online: UTC+1 timezone (Europe) 16 Registration
27 October 2025
Online: UTC-4 timezone (Americas) 16 Registration

Online courses in Europe timezones are normally timed around Berlin time, starting at 08:00, 08:30, or 09:00. Online courses in Americas timezones are normally timed around New York time, starting at 09:00 or 10:00. Depending on the length of breaks, classes typically run for 8 to 8.5 hours per day.

For public online courses, the per-attendee price is €750 reduced to €700 when booked (and either paid or a company purchase order is supplied) at least 4 weeks before the start of the course. (In addition, 19% German VAT is charged for participants attending from German locations; 19% German VAT is also applicable for private attendees in any location in the European Union without a VAT ID.)

Currently (and for the foreseeable future), public versions of this course are delivered only in online format.

Discounts are available for multiple attendees from the same company or organization; please inquire at for details.

About the trainer

Michael Kerrisk has a unique set of qualifications and experience that ensure that course participants receive training of a very high standard: Michael Kerrisk

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If you would like to be added to a mailing list to receive notifications of public training courses that are scheduled in the future, send a mail (noting your location) to Likely future locations are Europe and USA West Coast, but other locations may also be possible, especially if they can be scheduled to coincide with an interesting conference.