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14.8. Exercises

See Section A.13, "Answers to Chapter 14 Exercises" for answers to the following exercises:

  1. [6] Write a program that changes to some particular (hardcoded) directory, like the system's root directory, then executes the ls -l command to get a long-format directory listing in that directory. (If you use a non-Unix system, use your own system's command to get a detailed directory listing.)

  2. [10] Modify the previous program to send the output of the command to a file called ls.out in the current directory. The error output should go to a file called ls.err. (You don't need to do anything special about the fact that either of these files may end up being empty.)

  3. [8] Write a program to parse the output of the date command to determine the current day of the week. If the day of the week is a weekday, print get to work, otherwise print go play. The output of the date command begins with Mon on a Monday.[331] If you don't have a date command on your non-Unix system, make a fake little program that simply prints a string like date might print. We'll even give you this two-line program if you promise not to ask us how it works:

    [331]At least when the days of the week are being given in English. You might have to adjust accordingly if that's not the case on your system.

    print localtime( ) . "\n";

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