Everything about UNIX kernels: development, configuration, compilation, design, etc.

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disable transparent hugepages

We are installing SAP HANA in a RAID machine. As part of the installation step, it is mentioned that, To disable the usage of transparent hugepages set the kernel settings at runtime with echo ...
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Kernel headers for VMware tools

I tried to compile VMware tools on my server. I compiled the kernel myself, I didn't use RPM. As VMware tools needs the kernel header files, I executed the following command in my kernel folder ...
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Linux Distro name API to get name of linux distro in a driver code?

I am writing a common code in a driver to get the distros name and host name. host name i am taking from struct utsname{nodename[]}, but how do I get the distro name?
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What are high memory and low memory on Linux?

I'm interested in the difference between Highmem and Lowmem: Why is there such a differentiation? What do we gain by doing so? What features does each have?
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Who wrote the “Linux kernel” (Linus Torvalds and his team)?

Who are the authors of the pure Linux kernel from scratch, which was integrated with GNU tools and formed the full GNU/Linux Operating system in the 1990s? I have read some wiki articles but I haven't ...
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Which function in Linux kernel do the powering off action?

I am not asking how to shut down. I am asking how to cut of the power. What is the function in Linux kernel code do the action of cutting of the power? And please explain the code.
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What directory houses the scripts that get executed with new kernel installations?

This one is pretty much a straightfoward question/answer I just can't locate the information. I'm trying to automate the re-installation of VMWare tools based off when a new kernel is installed. I ...
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RHEL 6.5 erroneously marking Fusion-io RAID1 card as failed

I am getting the following error every hour for a Fusion-io ioscale2 RAID1 (mirror) configuration. However, the logical volume is mounted and accessible. I do not see similar error in the ...
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How can I boot into Ubuntu with a linux kernel with an earlier version?

Part of the output of ls -ld /usr/src/linux-headers* on ubuntu 12.04 is: drwxr-xr-x 24 root root 4096 Jun 4 2013 /usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-45 drwxr-xr-x 7 root root 4096 Jun 4 2013 ...
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yum update returns kernel error

I want to install virtualbox in fedora20. I have followed the instruction here: http://www.if-not-true-then-false.com/2010/install-virtualbox-with-yum-on-fedora-centos-red-hat-rhel/ but when I ...
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How/where are linux device capabilities / bitfields set?

I have a device that has this output in /proc/bus/input/devices: I: Bus=0003 Vendor=05b8 Product=3280 Version=0111 N: Name="PixArt USB Optical Mouse" P: Phys=usb-0000:00:1a.0-1.1/input0 S: ...
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How to force Linux kernel to “freeze” (or nearly freeze) for a few hundred milliseconds

We are running a real-time process on a non real-time kernel (CentOS 6), and this is probably not going to change. We have a streaming video application that requires about 500 MB/s of PCIe traffic ...
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How do I set kernel-ml default in CentOS?

I have installed kernel-ml package from http://elrepo.org/tiki/kernel-ml Now I have both the original CentOS kernel and kernel-ml. How do I set kernel-ml as default on boot? Thank you!
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Scaling issues of i7 3520M with intel_pstate module on Kernel 3.10.0

Few days ago I updated my openSUSE 12.3 system from Kernel 3.9.8-1.gf3348a8-desktop to 3.10.0-1.g3dcd746-desktop and since then, turbo mode of my i7 3520M is enabled by default and it does not ...
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iwlwifi: timeout delays firmware to be loaded

I'm using OpenSuSE 13.2 beta (which runs by the way very nicely). When starting up, my wireless adapter (Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN/Thinkpad T420) delays about one minute... But then it works ...
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How can I check if a certain patch is already installed in my system?

I am about to install a patch for wireless drivers named Compat Wireless in order to solve a problem with my WiFi channel (it locks on the not existing -1 channel) on my Ubuntu Linux v12.04 and Kali ...
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Surface Pro Compatible Wireless cards and drivers

In reference to this post: Surface Pro Wifi Issues on Mint KDE 17 there doesn't seem to be any solution to fixing the wifi issues on the Surface Pro when running Linux. The Marvell card doesn't even ...
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Which Debian kernel should I install?

I've started installing Debian testing on amd64 and I've come to a screen asking me to install a kernel. It gives me a choice between linux-image-3.16-2-amd64, linux-image-amd64, and none. What is ...
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Linux-image-3.2.0.4-amd64 vs linux-image-amd64 [duplicate]

Installing Debian I have to choose between the kernels linux-image-3.2.0.4-amd64 linux-image-amd64 What's the difference?
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libusb_init() returns -99

I have successfully built both libfreenect (driver for Xbox Kinect) and libusb (which is a dependency). However, if I try to open the Kinect using the freenect_init(...) function, it returns -99. I ...
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How to change the kernel max PID number? [duplicate]

The default PID max number is 32768. To get this information type: cat /proc/sys/kernel/pid_max 32768 or sysctl kernel.pid_max kernel.pid_max = 32768 Now, I want to change this number... but I ...
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kernel log in /var/log/messages: task xxx blocked blocked for more than 120 seconds . System frozen [closed]

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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SCTP support for Linux kernel 3.3.4-5.fc17.x86_64

I'm using Fedora 17 64-bit version, with Linux kernel version 3.3.4-5.fc17.x86_64. I installed lksctp using yum. sudo yum install lksctp-tools.x86_64 When I try to run sctp_status -H 127.0.0.1 ...
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Determining cause of Linux kernel panic

I'm running an Ubuntu 12.04 derivative (amd64) and I've been having really strange issues recently. Out of the blue, seemingly, X will freeze completely for a while (1-3 minutes?) and then the system ...
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Linux kernel 3.10.0-123.4.2 processes [flush] aren't present

I am using CentOS 7 with "3.10.0-123.4.2.el7.x86_64" version, but I don't know why the kernel threads named flush aren't present in this kernel version. I tried to look in the kernel change log, but ...
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Building example device driver error: insmod invalid module format

I am following the tutorial @ http://www.embeddedsystemonline.com/home/embedded-system/embedded_linux/lab3-linux-device-driver on step #7 of this tutorial, $ cd ...
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How to disable USB autosuspend on kernel 3.7.10 or above?

I've updated my HTPC from kernel 3.7.10 to 3.10.7 and it seems CONFIG_USB_SUSPEND is now gone from the kernel options and included in PM. The main problem I'm facing is that I have an external HDD ...
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Role of the Intel P state driver

I searched high and low for what “Intel P state” is and what it does. I found out that it has to do with performance and power consumption. I learned that if you build it in the kernel, it'll becomes ...
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How to display printk messages filtered by level as they come?

I wrote a hello word module that performs a printk when it is loaded in level ALERT and another printk when it is released with level INFO: #include <linux/module.h> #include ...
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Kernel 3.14.1 compilation errors

I installed the kernel 3.14.1 and there seem to be no issues. uname -r 3.14.1-031401-generic However, when I try to go to the folder and try to do a make it fails. I see that multiple files are ...
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Best approach to adding a kernel driver

I have a task to complete. An LED must be controlled immediately after the kernel loads and into the launch of a Debian system. It also must be controlled in user land. I already have basic LED ...
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What does kernel-wedge do?

After looking at the package description and using kernel-wedge help, I'm not really sure what it does. Does it take a .deb kernel package and split it into smaller packages? Does it compile a ...
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How to recompile official OpenSUSE kernel & initrd?

But it is not okay. I want all of the suse patches applied, I want an official initrd to be generated, and I want to make rpms from all of them. So, I want to recompile the kernel just as the SuSE ...
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Mount JFFS2 FS in openwrt

I'm trying to mount 1[MB] of flash as JFFS2 FS in openwrt environment, using 128[MB] NAND flash (4 bit ECC). I'm using the following sequence - flash_eraseall -j dev/mtd6 mount -t jffs2 -o noatime ...
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Explanation of the building process of the kernel on Ubuntu/Debian systems

I'm getting into Linux kernel programming and I have successfully built my own kernel several times now. However, I have done it using step by step guides found from the internet and I don't really ...
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Fedora 20 won't startup after shutdown during kernel update

I had a few bugs in my System(System Settings not opening and Firefox not starting) and I thought a kernel update(via yum) could do it some good. During that update, I suddenly got logged out as if ...
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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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How do pdflush, kjournald, swapd, etc interoperate?

Recently saw a question that sparked this thought. Couldn't really find an answer here or via the Google machine. Basically, I'm interested in knowing how the kernel I/O architecture is layered. For ...
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Compilation error when building a custom kernel

I'm trying to build a custom kernel from a git repository on my Ubuntu virtual machine. I run the make command as follows : sudo apt-get install vim libncurses5-dev gcc make git exuberant-ctags mkdir ...
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modpost.h:12:23: fatal error: elfconfig.h: No such file or directory

I am running Ubuntu: #lsb_release -a No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS Release: 12.04 Codename: precise Kernel info: 3.8.0-38-generic ...
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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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What are the responsibilities of each Pseudo-Terminal (PTY) component (software, master side, slave side)?

I am trying to figure out how a tty works1 (the work-flow and responsibilities of each elements). I have read several interesting articles about it, but there are still some blurry areas. This is ...
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Command to install linux headers fails

I need to install my linux headers for an Nvidia driver install. But I get an error when doing so: peter@peter-deb:~$ sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r) Reading package lists... Done ...
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Binding to not existing interface

I've just noticed the very weird situation I don't have a good explanation for. The machine (debian) has one interface with one IP address assigned: # ifconfig vmbr0 |grep inet inet ...
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Compiling GNU/Linux with -O3 optimization

It's said that compiling GNU tools and Linux kernel with -O3 gcc optimization option will produce weird and funky bugs. Is it true? Has anyone tried it or is it just a hoax?
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Linux Oracle - Random crash CPU Stuck

I have several Linux oracle VMs running under hyper-V. Kernel version is 2.6.32-358.el6.x86_64. Sometimes, the VM stuck, we still can ping it, but we cannot ssh, or through the hyper-v console this ...
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How build wireless-compat-old in-kernel?

I'm running linux 2.6.24 with custom patches from Freescale, on an embedded board. I want to use a usb wlan modem that uses the Realtek rtl8191su chipset. Realtek provides a driver out of tree, ...
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ZFS support for linux kernel versions 3.16

Attempting to boot Funtoo with a debian-sources-3.16.2-3 kernel, in a system where the root file-system lives in a zpool, drops off to the rescue shell after failing to import the pool properly. Does ...
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extract Embedded initramfs

I have a kernel in which one initramfs is embedded. I want to extract it. I got the output x86 boot sector when I do file bzImage I have System.map file for this kernel image. Is there any way to ...
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How to find the source of a currently running kernel on my machine?

I have a Linux 3.14.0 kernel(CentOS 6.2) running on my machine, but the source isn't in /usr/src/. Is there any way to find out the source from which it was compiled? The source is most definitely ...