POSIX Revision Project:
Austin Group Status Update
Andrew Josey, Austin Group Chair
This is a brief status update after completion of Draft 2 of the Austin
Group specifications the joint project to revise the POSIX and
Single UNIX Specifications.
Draft 2 was made available on October 29, completing almost four staff
months of editorial work since the Montreal meeting in July. The page
count for Draft 2 now totals 2,740. The Draft 2 specifications are
available from the Austin Group Web site,
<http://www.opengroup.org/austin/login.html>. This draft has
attempted to resolve many of the style issues raised against Draft 1,
and I am pleased to report that recent discussions with the editorial
team at IEEE and ISO have indicated that the manual-page format, long a
significant issue, is acceptable. This should be a major benefit for
the end reader of the standard.
I am currently assessing the schedule for the next meeting of the
Austin Group. This would be a project-planning meeting and could
possibly be done by a series of teleconferences.
The next draft will be available on February 29, 2000, and now is
expected to contain merged text from XNS 5v2 (sockets), POSIX.1a
(symbolic links and other minor interfaces), POSIX.1d (advanced
realtime) and POSIX.2b (symbolic links for utilities and miscellaneous
fixes to the utilities). We are monitoring the various POSIX projects
to see when other amendments will be available for merging. The output
of the recent Portable Applications Standards Committee (PASC) meeting
appears to impact the schedule in that the first IEEE ballot should
probably be delayed until Draft 4. Editing for Draft 3 will commence in
early December. I expect to circulate a revised schedule in the next
couple of weeks, and this will be available on the Austin Group Web
The next formal review meeting will be in May 2000 to review comments
arising from Draft 3. This meeting will be a five-day meeting and will
be held in either Cupertino or Copenhagen.