Unix-Important Interview Questions

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Q1. What is UNIX?
Ans- UNIX  is a multitasking, multi-user computer operating system. The UNIX operating system comprises three parts: The kernel, the standard utility programs, and the system configuration files.

Q2. What is a UNIX Shell?
Ans- The shell is a type of program called an interpreter. An interpreter operates in a simple loop: It accepts a command, interprets the command, executes the command, and then waits for another command. The shell displays a “prompt,” to notify you that it is ready to accept your command.


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Q3.  Explain  the  steps  that  a  UNIX shell  follows  while  processing  a  command.
Ans- After the command line is terminated by the key, the shell goes ahead with processing the command line in one or more passes. The sequence is well defined and assumes the following order.

Parsing: The shell first breaks up the command line into words, using spaces and the delimiters, unless quoted. All consecutive occurrences of a space or tab are replaced here with a single space.

Variable evaluation: All words preceded by a $ are evaluated as variables, unless quoted or escaped.

Command substitution: Any command surrounded by backquotes is executed by the shell which then replaces the standard output of the command into the command line.

Wild-card interpretation: The shell finally scans the command line for wild-cards (the characters *, ?, [, ]). Any word containing a wild-card is replaced by a sorted list of filenames that match the pattern. The list of these filenames then forms the arguments to the command. PATH evaluation: It finally looks for the PATH variable to determine the sequence of directories it has to search in order to hunt for the command.

Q4. What difference between cmp and diff commands in UNIX?
Ans- cmp – Compares two files byte by byte and displays the first mismatch diff – tells the changes to be made to make the files identical

Q5. What is the use of ‘grep’ command in UNIX?
Ans- ‘grep’ is a pattern search command. It searches for the pattern, specified in the command line with appropriate option, in a file(s). Syntax : grep Example : grep 99mx mcafile

Q6. What is the difference between cat and more command in UNIX?
Ans- Cat displays file contents. If the file is large the contents scroll off the screen before we view it. So command ‘more’ is like a pager which displays the contents page by page.

Q7. Write a command to kill the last background job?
Ans- Kill $!

Q8. Which command is used to delete all files in the current directory and all its sub-directories?
Ans- rm –r

Q9. Name the data structure used to maintain file identification?
Ans- ‘inode’, each file has a separate inode and a unique inode number.

Q10. How many prompts are available in a UNIX system?
Ans-Two prompts, PS1 (Primary Prompt), PS2 (Secondary Prompt).

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4 Responses to Unix-Important Interview Questions

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  4. Siddhant Tripathi says:

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