The code extracts for the sample shell included in this chapter are only
a part of the entire shell program. In particular, nothing at all has
been said about how job and program data structures are
allocated and initialized.
Most real shells provide a complex user interface that has support for
a command language; variables; abbreviations, substitutions, and pattern
matching on file names; and the like. All of this is far too complicated
to explain here! Instead, we have concentrated on showing how to
implement the core process creation and job control functions that can
be called from such a shell.
Here is a table summarizing the major entry points we have presented:
Of course, a real shell would also want to provide other functions for
managing jobs. For example, it would be useful to have commands to list
all active jobs or to send a signal (such as SIGKILL) to a job.
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