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\chapter{Generic Operating System Services}

The modules described in this chapter provide interfaces to operating
system features that are available on (almost) all operating systems,
such as files and a clock.  The interfaces are generally modelled
after the \UNIX{} or C interfaces but they are available on most other
systems as well.  Here's an overview:


--- Miscellaneous OS interfaces.

--- Time access and conversions.

--- Parser for command line options.

--- Generate temporary file names.

--- Standard errno system symbols.

--- Unix shell style pathname pattern expansion.

--- Unix shell style pathname pattern matching.

--- Internationalization services.