UNIX Standard Libraries

No programmer can get far at all without reusing existing code provided by the operating system, if not others as well. At the very least we need our software to communicate with other programs (like crucially the Linux kernel), and through them humans, to have any reason to exist. This concept of reusable code is referred to as “libraries” or “modules”.


GNU LibC, following the POSIX standards, are the most fundamental libraries on most UNIX-like systems today. Allowing for I/O, memory allocation, filesystem manipulation, etc. Put simply, it’s primary job is to abstract away the datastructures exposed by both Linux, central config files, GCC, & the underlying CPU. Full details on the linked page.

Related: WeLibC’s blog