Limitations of POSIX Applications on Windows NT

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SUMMARY

This article discusses the limitations of the Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) applications on Windows NT. POSIX is a standard set by ANSI/IEEE to promote source level compatibility that allows applications to run on a wide variety of systems and architectures. The POSIX interface on Windows NT strictly follows the POSIX 1003.1-1990 standards.

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Following are some of the POSIX limitations:
  • POSIX applications only launch other POSIX applications. They can not launch DOS, OS/2, Win16 or Win32 applications.
  • POSIX applications can not call any Win32 APIs. They do not have any access to DDE, OLE, memory mapped files, named pipes, windows sockets and other Win32 features.
  • POSIX applications can not implicitly or explicitly load a Win32 DLL.
  • POSIX applications do not have access to any networking APIs such as pipes or sockets. They are not network aware, but they can access files over the network.
  • POSIX applications do not have any source level debugger support. You cannot use Windbg or the Microsoft Visual C++ debugger to debug POSIX applications on Windows NT.
For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
99361 Specifying Filenames Under the POSIX Subsystem

REFERENCES

MSDN Development Library, "Understanding Windows NT POSIX Compatibility", by Ray Cort.

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Article ID: 149902 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 4.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Win32 Application Programming Interface, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows NT 3.51 Service Pack 5
    • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
    • Microsoft Windows 2000 Standard Edition
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