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Benefiting of sched_autogroup_enabled on the desktop

I am running a 2.6.37 kernel with sched_autogroup_enabled set to 1. I am not certain that I am seeing the benefits of this patch since: I am launching my applications from the desktop; applications ...
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After upgrading the kernel, the sound no longer works

I have updated the Linux kernel on my system to Linux 3.11-2-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.11.10-1 (2013-12-04) x86_64 GNU/Linux. Having done that, the sound no longer works. Distribution Info(cat ...
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Detecting kernel thread on pre-3.0 kernels

Looking at the proc man page (http://man7.org/linux/man-pages/man5/proc.5.html) it is possible to detect which processes are kernel threads in /proc/<pid>/stat by looking at the flags value ...
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drm Kernel v>3.11 Issues

Just a regular Fedora 20 user here (coming from no answers on ask.fedoraproject.org). I'm having some issues with the most recent kernel versions. The last working (no black line) kernel I have ...
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Generate what a GRUB2 kernel line would look like

In GRUB 0.97 we were able to see what the kernel line/options would look like by just viewing /boot/grub/grub.conf. Now the only way I know how to check the next boot kernel options/kernel version ...
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Setting up HDMI output from Linux console

I am currently running Debian Wheezy on a HP Microserver N54L with an AMD Radeon 5450 video card. I would like to be able to play audio from the console through the HDMI port of my video card and ...
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sysrq-trigger doesn't accept parameter 'g'

I'm trying to debug the kernel. But I couldn't trigger kgdb with echo g > /proc/sysrq-trigger, it just prints help message. I have enabled kernel debugging, kgdb over serial, frame pointer etc. ...
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Kexec immediately after Kickstart install (where is cmdline?)

I used to be able to kexec into a new kernel immediately after a kickstart (anaconda) install via pxe. I was able to do this by figuring out the current kernel version, and grabbing cmdline options ...
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Warning for kernel “make config” command without sudo

while trying to configure kernel before compile, when I give this command without sudo privileges: make config I get these: /boot/config-3.2.0-4-amd64:488:warning: symbol value 'm' invalid for ...
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How do you empty the buffers and cache on a Linux system?

Prior to doing some benchmarking work how would one free up the memory (RAM) that the Linux Kernel is consuming for its buffers and cache?
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Installing a new OpenBSD kernel “safely”: why does `make install` go through these extra hoops?

After building a new OpenBSD kernel, the install target of the kernel Makefile does the following: rm -f /obsd ln /bsd /obsd cp bsd /nbsd mv /nbsd /bsd I understand that the first two lines remove ...
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“disagrees about version” message

I get a message "disagrees about version" on boot time, after compiling kernel and modules with KGDB. Why should this happen ? Is there any problem with KGDB ? This is the relevant log at boot: ...
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Resume from Suspend/Hibernate issues

I have a peculiar problem while trying to resume from both suspend and hibernate. I believe the problem to be within the kernel itself since I have tried different distros (Ubuntu, Suse, Mageia) on ...
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/lib/modules/2.6.37.6/build missing in linux puppy? what should I do?

I am new to linux as of yesterday. I'm using linux puppy to try to get the most out of a 10 year old, slow laptop. I installed it fine, no problems there, but as soon as I try to use my usb dongle's ...
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What happened to `vga=ask` in newer kernels?

I used to activate framebuffer mode in the "older" kernels with vga=ask, and later setting it to a value, once I've figured out which one works best for me. Now, this option seems to be gone, the ...
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How to boot on a ramdisk?

I'm working on a linux embedded for a custom board with a ARM9 processor. My kernel version is : 2.6.33 I'm trying to boot on a ramdisk, kernel correctly mount the file system but failed to execute ...
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Apt-Get Install Unmet Dependencies

My debian computer will not install the new kernel. It says I have unmet dependencies, and those dependencies say they have unmet dependencies. Many of these dependencies are already installed ...
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What does __ prefix before some kernel api's convey?

Why do some function calls in kernel specially have this prefix __ example: __init initialization(void) is __init a macro? What does this convey? Are these a special class of function calls inside ...
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How pipes work in Linux

I've been reading up about how pipes are implemented in the Linux kernel and wanted to validate my understanding. If I'm incorrect, the answer with the correct explanation will be selected. Linux ...
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/proc/config.gz is of 0 bytes

I have an Android TV stck I compiled Linux for IT from https://github.com/Galland/rk3x_kernel_3.0.36 But when I booted that Image I found /proc/config.gz is of 0 bytes can some please explain how ...
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Contents of /proc

Is there a site someplace that lists the contents of /proc and what each entry means?
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eCryptfs key in kernel image or initramfs

I have an embedded Linux system with unencrypted kernel image and initramfs in NAND flash. My RootFS is in SD card. I want to encrypted some files on SD Card as my SD card is easily accessible ...
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Module load map

How can I obtain a module load map? I've tried with the -m flag in insmod but it seems that since 2.6 there is no support for it. Thanks
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kernel log in /var/log/messages: task xxx blocked blocked for more than 120 seconds . System frozen

Monit sent out emails in the morning that my java app on the server was not responding to HTTP calls made on the 127.0.0.1 interface. App log shows nothing out of the ordinary, nginx log shows no ...
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Can vmlinux be used instead of uImage?

I want to use an uncompressed kernel image and boot the BeagleBoard. Generally I use uImage to boot the kernel which is in compressed format. How do I use an uncompressed kernel image?
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install kernel headers without overwriting old headers

I've built a newer (3.16-rc2) kernel which is running fine. My userspace program needs to link against the newer headers as it uses some new definitions in fcntrl.h etc. My question is how do I ...
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Error Installinig Kernel on Centos (from Source)

I am running GNU/Linux (Centos 6) on kernel 2.6.32-431.17.1.el6.x86_64. I am trying to update the kernel to 3.2.61. I performed the following steps inside the 3.2.61 folder structure: make ...
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IPv6 NDP timer problem

Need to change Fedora Linux's IPv6 stack for NDP DAD timer changes. How to locate the Fedora's IPv6 and IPv4 stack in Fedora distribution dvd/site so that, we can recompile and generate new stack ?
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Is it possible to use XNU on GNU/Linux?

I was wondering whether it is possible to use the XNU kernel on a GNU/Linux system? But it would be, in effect, GNU/XNU. But is that possible? Does the kernel have sufficient drivers to boot on a ...
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CentOS ELRepo Kernel installing VMware

Already installed VMware Workstation 9 on my Linux CentOS 6.5 Final with 3.10.40-1.el6.elrepo.x86_64 running kernel. When I open VMware Workstation, it asks me to locate the Kernel Headers ...
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How can I prevent drivers from binding USB devices on a certain bus?

I have a setup with two Logitech Unifying receivers, each receiver has a keyboard bound to it. One of the receiver is to be used by the physical machine to which the devices are connected, the other ...
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How do you patch a kernel? [duplicate]

I got diff text from lkml how do I patch it into a kernel source? I am very new to compiling kernels, and I couldn't find decent sources online I am using debian if it is relevant
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What does the vm.swappiness parameter really control?

Per the kernel documentation: This control is used to define how aggressive the kernel will swap memory pages. Higher values will increase aggressiveness, lower values decrease the amount of swap. ...
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Kernel bisect: when a patch is failing for a reason other than original bisect purpose, what do you do?

Let's say you're trying to find the cause of a bug between 3.11.0 and 3.12.0. The bug is really difficult to catch, because it may or may not manifest itself over several days of regular workload ...
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How is a message queue implemented in the Linux kernel?

I would like to know how Message Queues are implemented in the Linux Kernel.
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CPUFreq Kernel module

I would like to try the CPUFreq module on my board (Marvell Soc based on ARMv7 running a v3.15 linux kernel). My architecture is obviously not supported by the default source code (located in the ...
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nfsd fails to start: modprobe: FATAL: Could not load /lib/modules/2.6.18-238.1.1.el5/modules.dep: No such file or directory

Before asking, here are some system specs: [root@SERVER ~]# cat /etc/*release **##############CARS build log for cars20-rhel-x86_64############## Date: Mon Feb 28 20:06:05 PST 2011 Builder: ...
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Linux kernel headers' organization

While I was doing some reading on system calls, I did a search for "syscalls.h" to find the header file in LXR. The search results puzzled me. There is a dozen of "syscalls.h" files coming from ...
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Built new kernel, LVM won't mount from initrd

I need to upgrade my kernel on a RHEL 5 system to build with some experimental drivers. I have configured the kernel with module loading for LVM (dm_* modules). Once the initrd runs the /init ...
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Which kernel module name is currently correct “usb-storage” or “usb_storage”?

I have found a number of examples how to prevent a kernel module from being loaded. One of them is about USB storage module. The next code has been provided: echo "blacklist usb-storage" | sudo tee ...
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Why would the kernel drop packets?

I interrupted tcpdump with Ctrl+C and got this total summary: 579204 packets captured 579346 packets received by filter 142 packets dropped by kernel What are the "packets dropped by kernel"? Why ...
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Output shutdown messages to multiple consoles

I have configured my system to direct console output on boot to serial and vga using kernel parameters. Serial is the last argument in the kernel parameters and will be the default used for ...
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psmouse sync issues!

I have Compaq CQ61-420US (64-bit AMD) laptop with Synaptics touchpad checked using $ egrep -i 'synap' /proc/bus/input/devices N: Name="SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" But recently after Arch Linux ...
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Is there a man section or other doc repository for data structure definitions?

For the millionth time or so I had to look in /usr/include/foo.h to find the members of a struct foo or foo_t or whatever. There's a man section for library and kernel calls, some of which include ...
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Linux kernel dropping custom keyboard scan codes

I have a vintage IBM 122 key model M keyboard that I am adapting for use on a modern computer. I am using a Teensy 2.0 to do the encoding and to handle the USB side of things. I borrowed the firmware ...
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SLES 10 SP4 - how to get specific kernel source?

I want to look at the kernel source for some specific kernel versions on SLES 10 SP4. I don't want to see just the Linux kernel source, but the one SLES is actually running. Suppose I wanted to get ...
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ncurses-devel problems in SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11

Searching on the WEB, I found this tutorial (the only one that has convinced me) for installing a new kernel and I followed the steps provided. But, I got these problems: In the first step I tried ...
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Why does *BSD uses driver specific names for network interfaces? Does it imply limitations?

I notice that depending on the brand of the network card, interface names differ (driver dependent I suppose). Why does *BSD uses driver specific names for network interfaces? Does it mean there is ...
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Calling speaker-test from usermode-helper API

I needed to call come audio-producing applications from kernel in a toy module. In order to test that, I thought of calling speaker-test from a simpler module, but no sound would ever come from it. I ...
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Un-mount active partition

Is it possible to umount the partition, whose files/directories are in use? The underlying files and directories are in memory so un-mounting the partition is technically safe (I guess). But umount ...