CS342 Operating Systems
Please perform the following tasks and write a report at the end.
1. Install Linux. Install the following Linux distribution and release on your own
computer: Ubuntu Desktop 64-bit 20.04 LTS. It is essential that you install this
distribution and release so that you will not have problems like “was working on
my machine”. You can install Linux on bare hardware, i.e., on a partition of your
hard-disk. In this case, make sure you first backup all your important data so that
you will not lose your data in case your computer does not boot up after
You can also install Linux in a virtual machine created in your computer. For
this, you first need to install a virtualization software, VMware or VirtualBox (or
some other virtualization software), on your computer. VirtualBox is free to use.
You can help each other in installing Linux.
You can download Ubuntu 20.04 from:
Write briefly about your installation choices and experiences in your report. After
installing Linux, start Linux and learn basic Linux usage. There are lots of guides
and tutorials in Internet teaching basic Linux usage. You can benefit from them.
In your report, write down the names of 10 Linux commands that you learned.
2. Find out and write down the location (pathname) where the kernel executable
resides in the default directory tree (starting with “/ “) of your Linux installation.
Find out the version of your running kernel by using the “uname -r” command.
Write the version number in your report.
3. Download the source code of the Linux kernel (from kernel.org, for example).
Download the version that is close to the version of your running kernel. After
opening the tar package, change into the root directory of the downloaded kernel
source code (it is in the directory where you downloaded the tar package), and in
your report write the names of the subdirectories you see there.
4. In the source code of the kernel, find out the definition of the system call table.
Write the pathname where you found it. Then, examine the table. Find out the
system call names corresponding to system call numbers 3, 35, 110, and 210.
5. Use the strace command of Linux to trace the systems calls made by some simple
programs like cp, ls, etc. Use the manual page of strace to learn more about it
(type man strace). Include sample output in your report. The “man” command
provides help pages about Linux commands, system calls, and C library
6. Use the time command to measure the time required to execute some programs
like cp, etc. It reports different times: real, user and sys. What are they? Write
those values for different program executions.
7. Learn C Programming [1, 2]. Write a simple C program that implements a linked
list of integers. Insert 10000 random integers into the list. Make sure you use
pointers and malloc(). In your program, measure the time it takes to insert these
numbers using the gettimeofday() system call. It gives the current time in
Write a simple Makefile to compile your program. A Makefile is a set of
directives and commands specified in a file to compile a project. The following
can be a starting point for your Makefile content. Be careful about TAB
gcc –Wall –g -o list list.c
rm -fr list list.o *~
This is useful for you to warm up with C and set up your Linux environment to
develop C programs. Make sure you do it yourself. Otherwise it will be very
difficult to do the projects. You will develop your programs in C and Linux. You
will use the gcc compiler. Include the source code of your program in your
8. Read the first 2 chapters of the textbook this week . We are using the 10th
edition. It is available in bookstore. You can also buy it from some other internet
Submit a pdf file as your report which will include the information required in each
Your report should include your list.c program and your Makefile. Put your report
into a directory named with your Student Id, and tar and gzip the directory. For
example a student with ID 21404312 will create a directory named “21404312” and
will put the report there. Then he/she will tar the directory (package the directory) as
tar cvf 21404312.tar 21404312
Then he will gzip the tar file as follows:
In this way he will obtain a file called 21404312.tar.gz. Then he will upload this file
Late submission will not be accepted (no exception). A late submission will get 0
automatically (you will not be able to argue it). Make sure you make a submission
one day before the deadline. You can then overwrite it.
 The C Programming Language. B. Kernighan and D. Ritchie. Second Edition.
Prentice Hall. 1998. A must have book; very useful.
 Any Book on C, available in Meteksan Bookstore.
 Operating System Concepts. A. Silberschatz et al., 10th edition (our mandatory
Tips and Clarifications
• Make sure you learn a debugger like gdb, xxgdb, or the debugger of the IDE
(integrated development environment) that you are using to develop programs (for
example Eclipse IDE). Learn how you analyze core (memory) image dumped
when a memory error occurs. For core image to be dumped you may need to set a
core limit in the bash configuration file.
• There are lot of documents and pages in Internet about how to develop, compile,
run, and debug C programs in Linux OS. You can benefit from them.