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

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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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How security programs like firewall, IPS and IDS have access to network data?

It is said that kernel responsible for the transport, internet and network access layers for a network data. Then, the network data is passed on the appropriate process based on port number. How ...
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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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why do some network cards need to load external firmware?

I have read this question/answer, but I still do not understand why some network cards work perfectly well without any additional firmware, whereas others need to load firmware to work. As a specific ...
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How to compile a third party driver into the kernel?

I am using Linux Mint 17.2 on Toshiba c640. As my LAN driver is no more functional, I am using a USB to LAN converter which was provided with some driver installation files. Every time i want to use ...
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How to modify huge patch file properly?

I have this patch. I want to disable patching of Makefile and drivers/video/logo/logo_linux. What is best way of doing this? Do I edit it, and delete that specific entries? If so, is there a tool ...
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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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How is an Interrupt handled in Linux?

I just know that Interrupt is a hardware signal assertion caused in a processor pin. But I would like to know how Linux OS handles it. What all are the things that happen when an interrupt occurs?
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How to compile the C compiler from scratch, then compile Unix/Linux from scratch

Let's say I work for a large services organisation outside the US/UK. We use UNIX and Linux servers extensively. Reading through this article it mentions that it would be easy to insert a backdoor ...
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What is the difference between kernel drivers and kernel modules?

When I do a lspci -k on my Kubuntu with a 3.2.0-29-generic kernel I can see something like this: 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation G86 [Quadro NVS 290] (rev a1) Subsystem: ...
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Who's consuming my inotify resources?

After a recent upgrade to Fedora 15, I'm finding that a number of tools are failing with errors along the lines of: tail: inotify resources exhausted tail: inotify cannot be used, reverting to ...
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How to cause kernel panic with a single command?

Is it possible to cause a kernel panic with a single command line? What would be the most straightforward such command for a sudoing user and what would it be for a regular user, if any? Scenarios ...
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What exactly happens when I execute a file in my shell?

So, I thought I had a good understanding of this, but just ran a test (in response to a conversation where I disagreed with someone) and found that my understanding is flawed... In as much detail as ...
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How to use Linux kernel driver bind/unbind interface for USB-HID devices?

First background. I am developing a driver for Logitech game-panel devices. It's a keyboard with a screen on it. The driver is working nicely but by default the device is handled by HID. In order to ...
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What is kernel ip forwarding?

I have seen on many blogs, using this command to enable IP forwarding while using many network security/sniffing tools on linux echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward Can anyone explain me in ...
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Use of O_DIRECT on Linux

If this question is too programmer oriented, let me know. I wonder if there are people familiar with the O_DIRECT flag for the open() system call on Linux 2.6? Linus disparages its use, however high ...
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How do I learn what I can do with /proc and /sys

I'd like to know more about the advanced uses of the /proc and /sys virtual filesystems, but I don't know where to begin. Can anyone suggest any good sources to learn from? Also, since I think sys has ...
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How does the Linux kernel handle shared IRQs?

According to what I've read so far, "when the kernel receives an interrupt, all the registered handlers are invoked." I understand that the registered handlers for each IRQ can be viewed via /proc/...
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Blocking kernel updates with dpkg

I'd like to block all distribution-shipped kernel updates due to a nasty thing that recently happened to me. (I'm on a Ubuntu 12.04 amd64 derivative.) I'd like to block all updates to installed ...
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Is USB-to-USB data transfer between two Linux OSes possible?

I want to create a USB-to-USB data transfer system in Linux (preferably Ubuntu). For this I want to use no external hardware or switch (except this cable). It's going to be like mounting a USB drive ...
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Where does uname get its information from?

Where does uname really get its information from? I figure this is something that should be straightforward. Unfortunately, I can't find any header containing just that information. Say someone ...
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High CPU usage with CFS?

I asked a previous question to try and isolate the source of an increase in CPU usage when moving an application from RHEL 5 to RHEL 6. The analysis that I did for that seems to indicate that it is ...
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How did the Linux Kernel project track bugs in the Early Days?

We all know that Linus Torvalds created Git because of issues with Bitkeeper. What is not known (at least to me) is, how were issues/tickets/bugs tracked up until then? I tried but didn't get anything ...
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Heavy write activity on SSD nukes system performance

I've noticed that when I do heavy write applications, the whole system slows down. To test this further I ran this to do a (relatively) low-CPU, high disk activity: john -incremental > file_on_SSD ...
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How to read the in-memory (kernel) partition table of /dev/sda?

I accidentally overwrote my /dev/sda partition table with GParted (full story on AskUbuntu). Since I haven't rebooted yet and my filesystem is still perfectly usable, I was told I might be able to ...
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using devtmpfs for /dev

I have noticed the following option in the kernel: CONFIG_DEVTMPFS Device Drivers -> Generic Driver Options -> Maintain devtmpfs to mount at /dev And I see that it is enabled by default in ...
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Real time processes scheduling in Linux

I have been learning some scheduling concepts. Currently my understanding so far is as below. There are real time processes and non real time processes. Non real time processes can have nice values ...
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How can I know which IRQ is responsible of high CPU usage

I've moved a server from one mainboard to another due a disk controller failure. Since then I've noticed that constantly a 25% of one of the cores goes always to IRQ however I haven't managed myself ...
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Adding a new System call to Linux 3.2.x with a loadable kernel module [closed]

I want to add a particular new system call in the linux kernel 3.2.x but as a loadable kernel module (as I don't want to recompile the kernel again and again) I read through many posts on internet ...
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Why does Red Hat Linux use such an old kernel?

Why does RHEL (and its derivatives) use such an old kernel? It uses 2.6.32-xxx, which seems old to me. How do they support newer hardware with that kernel? As far as I know these kind of distributions ...
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How to include local header files in linux kernel module

Say I have a module mymod with source files as follows: src/mod/mymod.c src/inc/mymod.h I try to include mymod.h as follows #include <mymod.h> My makefile contains EXTRA_CFLAGS= -I$(...
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what is pts/0 and (:0.0) in linux by type who am i

When I type the command: [root@degeneration Desktop]# who am i root pts/0 2013-04-12 15:08 (:0.0) What is pts/0 and what is meant by (:0.0)?
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Cleancache vs zram?

I have an old laptop here with only 512 MB of RAM. Since a few kernel releases, I am using zram to convert 256 MB of it to a compressed ramdisk which is then used as swap. This has proved to be very ...
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How can you determine which process scheduler is being used? [duplicate]

I.e. is it the O(1) scheduler, the CFS scheduler, or an older one?
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Silent booting Linux from u-boot

For security reasons I have to boot Linux from u-boot with all output hidden (silently) until a password is entered. I've configured uBoot to do this correctly using the CONFIG_AUTOBOOT_KEYED macro ...
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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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What is the loopback interface

What is the loopback interface and how does it differ from the eth0 interface? And why do I need to use it when mounting an ISO or running a service on localhost?
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/proc/sys vs /sys/modules/mod/parameter

I've been wondering for last few days how exactly does it work. We can set kernel runtimes parameters using sysctl or echo boolen 1> /proc/sys/module/exactParameter but in /sys/modules/module/...
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what's the format spec for `ss -D `?

Background of the question: I am trying to sum up the total bandwidth, but ss -i cleverly converted numbers to more readable format like Kbps/s or Mbps/s, which is not accurate. So does ss -o with ...
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Prevent claiming of novelty usb device by usbhid so I can control it with libusb?

I have a USB rocket launcher that I wish to experiment with through libusb. However, libusb cannot claim the interface; presumably because the output of usb-devices lists 'usbhid' as the driver for ...
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Debian 6.0 system with 2.6.39 kernel dropping packets, sandy bridge hardware

I recently migrated an existing Debian system to new hardware, a core i3 chip running on an intel sandy bridge motherboard. I’m experiencing a very strange problem; when I ping my router, about 50% of ...
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Why is swap used when a lot of memory is still free? [duplicate]

In the below 2.6.18 Linux Kernel (Red Hat) server, there is a lot of free memory, but I see some swap is used. I always thought of swap as an overflow when memory has been depleted. Why would it ...
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Change the number of generated /dev/tty devices

I'm building an embedded Linux system, based on Gentoo. Using udev, all tty devices are probed with a PROGRAM stanza to determine if they are a modem. Right now the system boots up with 64 /dev/tty*. ...
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Isolating cause of higher CPU usage on RHEL 6 vs RHEL 5

I'm currently looking to move our system from RHEL 5 to RHEL 6, but I've run into a snag with unexpectedly high CPU usage on the RHEL 6 machines. It appears that this may be due at least in some part ...
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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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My process was killed but I cannot understand the kernel notice

I have a custom application running on an embedded x86 setup (built using buildroot and uClibc). The application has been running fine but this morning when I returned to work I discovered my process ...
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How to add more /dev/loop* devices on Fedora 19

How to add more /dev/loop* devices on Fedora 19? I do: # uname -r 3.11.2-201.fc19.x86_64 # lsmod |grep loop # ls /dev/loop* /dev/loop0 /dev/loop1 /dev/loop2 /dev/loop3 /dev/loop4 /dev/loop5 /...
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/proc/sys/kernel/hung_task_timeout_secs error

I am building a CentOS 6.2 webserver on a Hyper-V Cluster and have hit a major issue. The current setup is this: Operating System: CentOS 6.2. Minimal Server Install Installed software includes: ...
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When is swap triggered or how to calculate swap_tendency?

I'm trying to use Redis for production services and trying to avoiding swapping, which is bad for performance. I had learn that swap is triggered by swap_tendency which is depending on ...
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Rings and run levels

The question stated below might not be technically correct(misconception) so it would be appreciable if misconception is also addressed. Which ring level do the different *nix run levels operate in? ...