Project 2a: Shell (Linux)

Important Dates and Other Stuff

Due: Monday, 10/10 by midnight.

This project is to be done by yourself.

Tests: Tests will be made available shortly.


Send questions using piazza or use office hours. If the question is about your code, copy all of of your code into your handin directory (details below) and include your login in your email (you are free to modify the contents of your handin directory prior to the due date). Do not put code snippets into piazza (unless they are very short). Also include all other relevant information, such as cutting and pasting what you typed and the results from the screen. In general, the more information you give, the more we can help.


The basic project description is found here. Please read this carefully in order to understand exactly what to do.

This project is to be done on the lab machines (listed here ), so you can learn more about programming in C on a typical UNIX-based platform (Linux).


There are some modifications to that basic description above. They are:

The if-statement

The if statement can be used like in the snipped below.

prompt> if some_command == 0 then some_other_command fi
In this example the wish shell should compare the return code of some_command to the number provided (0) and run some_other_command, if they are equal.

If statements should always follow the following form and be specified in a single line: if COMMAND OPERATOR CONSTANT then COMMAND fi


Imagine you have a very basic binary named one that always returns 1, e.g.
int main() {
    return 1;
and then some binary named hello that prints to stdout, e.g.,
#include "stdio.h"

int main() {
    printf("Hello World!");
    return 0;
Now the following command should run hello print "Hello World!" on the screen:
promt> if one == 1 then hello fi
However, the following line should not run hello and not print anything to the screen:
promt> if one != 1 then hello fi

More details:


Before beginning: If you don't remember much about the Unix/C environment, read this tutorial. It has some useful tips for programming.

This project should be done alone. Copying code (from others) is considered cheating. Read this for more info on what is OK and what is not. Please help us all have a good semester by not doing this.

Handing It In

You should turn in one file, wish.c , which we will compile and test.

The handin directory is ~cs537-$sec/handin/$login/p2a where $sec is your section and $login is your login. For example, Remzi's login is remzi and he is section 1, and thus he would copy his beautiful code into ~cs537-1/handin/remzi/p2a. Copying of these files is accomplished with the cp program, as follows:

prompt> cp wish.c ~cs537-1/handin/remzi/p2a/

When done, type ls ~cs537-1/handin/remzi/p2a to see that all the files are in place correctly.

Finally, in your p2a directory, please include a README file. In there, describe what you did a little bit. There is no particular requirement for the length of the README; just get in the habit of writing a little bit about what you did, so that another human could understand it.