Updated: 2015-12-19 03:39 EST

1 Due Date and Deliverables

Do not print this assignment on paper!

WARNING: Some inattentive students upload Assignment #9 into the Assignment #8 upload area. Don’t make that mistake! Be exact.

2 Purpose of this Assignment

This is a BONUS assignment for extra credit. It is optional.

Do not print this assignment on paper! On paper, you cannot follow any of the hyperlink URLs that lead you to hints and course notes relevant to answering a question.

  1. Learn from your mistakes on Midterm Test #2 PDF.

2.1 Set Up – The Base Directory on the CLS

  1. Do a Remote Login to the Course Linux Server (CLS) from any existing computer, using the host name appropriate for whether you are on-campus or off-campus.

  2. Make the CLS directory ~/CST8207-15F/Assignments/assignment09, in which you will create the Linux-format plain text file from the following task.

This assignment09 directory is the Base Directory for most pathnames in this assignment. Store your files and answers in this Base Directory.

2.2 Fix your Mistakes

  1. Make sure you have all the numbered Prerequisites (above) before you begin.

  2. Use a Linux text editor to create a new plain text answer file named assignment09.txt in the Base Directory on the CLS. For every question that you answered incorrectly on your own Midterm Test #2, reproduce in the answer file:
    1. the question you got wrong (from your own personal question sheet), and
    2. the correct answer to the question.

    Use the exat format described below to enter the question and answer.

If you had no incorrect answers, upload an empty answer file. If you missed the test, you would have to copy the entire test and answer every question to get full marks for this bonus assignment.

  1. Underneath each question and correct answer in your answer file, indicate specifically where in the Class Notes (which section of which Class Notes file) you can learn how to generate this correct answer. No marks are awarded unless your exact source for getting the answer is shown. Show me that you know exactly where in the notes, worksheets, or manual pages the answer comes from.

    • Practice tests are not sources of answers. Use the course notes.
    • Giving an entire web page as a source is not specific enough. Show me that you know exactly where the answer can be found. You must point to a specific section inside a web page or worksheet.

    Number each question with a leading Q and use this exact file format for each answer:

    Q5. What character signals EOF at the keyboard?
    Answer: ^D
    Source: 120_shell_basics "Interrupting Processes and signalling End-of-File"
    Source: 200_redirection "Input Redirection"
    Q22. How do you recursively remove a non-empty directory?
    Answer: rm -r
    Source: Worksheet 3 section 5 rm command
    1. Number each question with a leading Q using the above format.
    2. Each Answer should use the keyword Answer: using the above format.
    3. Each Source should use the keyword Source: using the above format.
    4. Use the question number from your personal test.
    5. Separate each question and answer group with a blank line, as shown above.
    6. Make sure you include a section title from the web page source.

    WARNING: You can copy-and-paste each question and the correct answer into your answer file. You must do your own work finding the source where the correct answer can be found. Marks are awarded for original typed work for the source, not for copy-and-paste from your friends. Any source answers that are found to be copy-and-paste from some other document will result in a charge of plagiarism or academic fraud. Do your own research; type your own answer source locations; no copy-and-paste from your friends; they won’t be at your job interview.

    In this assignment, you are only answering the questions that you got wrong on the midterm test, not all the questions. Just the ones you got wrong.

2.3 When you are done

3 Submitting your Work

  1. Transfer the above Linux-format plain text assignment09.txt file from the CLS to your local computer and verify that the file still contains all the correct content from the CLS. Do not edit this file on your local computer! No empty files, please! Edited or damaged files will not be marked. You may want to refer to your File Transfer notes.
    • Do not edit the file from the CLS. Submit it exactly as given.
    • Make sure the file actually contains your answers.
  2. Upload the assignment09.txt Linux-format plain text file from your local computer to the correct Assignment area on Blackboard (with the exact name) before the due date:
    1. On your local computer use a web browser to log in to Blackboard and go to the Blackboard page for this course.
    2. Go to the Blackboard Assignments area for the course, in the left side-bar menu, and find the current assignment.
    3. Under Assignments, click on the underlined assignment09 link for this assignment.
      1. If this is your first upload, the Upload Assignment page will open directly; skip the next sentence.
      2. If you have already uploaded previously, the Review Submission History page will be open and you must use the Start New button at the bottom of the page to get to the Upload Assignment page.
    4. On the Upload Assignment page, scroll down and beside Attach File use Browse My Computer to find and attach your assignment file from your local computer. Make sure the assignment file has the correct name on your local computer before you attach it.
    5. After you have attached the file on the Upload Assignment page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and use the Submit button to actually upload your attached assignment file to Blackboard.

    Use only Attach File on the Upload Assignment page. Do not enter any text into the Text Submission or Comments boxes on Blackboard; I do not read them. Use only the Attach File section followed by the Submit button. If you need to comment on any assignment submission, send me EMail.

    You can revise and upload the file more than once using the Start New button on the Review Submission History page to open a new Upload Assignment page. I only look at the most recent submission.

    You must upload the file with the correct name from your local computer; you cannot correct the name as you upload it to Blackboard.

  3. Verify that Blackboard has received your submission: After using the Submit button, you will see a page titled Review Submission History that will show all your uploaded submissions for this assignment. Each of your submissions is called an Attempt on this page. A drop-down list of all your attempts is available.
    1. Verify that your latest Attempt has the correct 16-character, lower-case file name under the SUBMISSION heading.
    2. The one file name must be the only thing under the SUBMISSION heading. Only the one file name is allowed.
    3. No COMMENTS heading should be visible on the page. Do not enter any comments when you upload an assignment.
    4. Save a screen capture of the Review Submission History page on your local computer, showing the single uploaded file name listed under SUBMISSION. If you want to claim that you uploaded the file and Blackboard lost it, you will need this screen capture to prove that you actually uploaded the file. (To date, Blackboard has never lost an uploaded file.)

    You will also see the Review Submission History page any time you already have an assignment attempt uploaded and you click on the underlined assignment09 link. You can use the Start New button on this page to re-upload your assignment as many times as you like.

    You cannot delete an assignment attempt, but you can always upload a new version. I only mark the latest version.


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