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System Programming can be defined as the act of building Systems Software using System Programming Languages. According to Computer Hierarchy, one which comes at last is Hardware. Then it is Operating System, System Programs, and finally Application Programs. Program Development and Execution can be done conveniently in System Programs. Some of the System Programs are simply user interfaces, others are complex. It traditionally lies between the user interface and system calls. 


So here, the user can only view up-to-the System Programs he can’t see System Calls. 
System Programs can be divided into these categories : 


  1. File Management – 
    A file is a collection of specific information stored in the memory of a computer system. File management is defined as the process of manipulating files in the computer system, its management includes the process of creating, modifying and deleting files. 
    • It helps to create new files in the computer system and placing them at specific locations. 
    • It helps in easily and quickly locating these files in the computer system. 
    • It makes the process of sharing files among different users very easy and user-friendly. 
    • It helps to store files in separate folders known as directories. 
    • These directories help users to search files quickly or to manage files according to their types of uses. 
    • It helps users to modify the data of files or to modify the name of files in directories. 
  2. Status Information – 
    Information like date, time amount of available memory, or disk space is asked by some users. Others providing detailed performance, logging, and debugging information which is more complex. All this information is formatted and displayed on output devices or printed. Terminal or other output devices or files or a window of GUI is used for showing the output of programs. 


  3. File Modification – 
    For modifying the contents of files we use this. For Files stored on disks or other storage devices, we used different types of editors. For searching contents of files or perform transformations of files we use special commands. 


  4. Programming-Language support – 
    For common programming languages, we use Compilers, Assemblers, Debuggers, and interpreters which are already provided to users. It provides all support to users. We can run any programming language. All languages of importance are already provided. 


  5. Program Loading and Execution – 
    When the program is ready after Assembling and compilation, it must be loaded into memory for execution. A loader is part of an operating system that is responsible for loading programs and libraries. It is one of the essential stages for starting a program. Loaders, relocatable loaders, linkage editors, and Overlay loaders are provided by the system. 


  6. Communications – 
    Virtual connections among processes, users, and computer systems are provided by programs. Users can send messages to another user on their screen, User can send e-mail, browsing on web pages, remote login, the transformation of files from one user to another. 

Some examples of system program in O.S. are – 

  • Windows 10 
  • Mac OS X 
  • Ubuntu 
  • Linux 
  • Unix 
  • Android 
  • Anti-virus 
  • Disk formatting 
  • Computer language translators 
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