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

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Restricting memory area for linux kernel

I am running ltib Linux on P1022RDK (P1022 Core) platform. I have 512 MB = 0x20000000 memory. I want my Linux kernel to use the second half of the board memory (i.e from 256 MB to 512 MB) and want the ...
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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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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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Why is kernel boot starting too late

Log message from ARM Cortex A9 based board. Running linux. [Sat Apr 12 19:33:50.207 2014] [Sat Apr 12 19:33:50.207 2014] [Sat Apr 12 19:33:50.207 2014] U-Boot 2013.07 (Apr 09 2014 - 12:31:52) ...
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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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TLB cache flusing when a page is swapped out

I recently heard that Linux simply flushes the TLB cache when the corresponding data in that physical address is swapped out, resulting in underutilization of the TLB. I don't know whether all OSes do ...
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Make and apt-get Have Stopped Working

So I downloaded the non-free broadcom driver(b44) for my debian install, however when I try to make it I get the following error: make make -C /lib/modules/2.6.32-5-amd64/build ...
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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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What happens when I run the command cat /proc/cpuinfo?

What happens when I write cat /proc/cpuinfo. Is that a named pipe (or something else) to the OS which reads the CPU info on the fly and generate that text each time I call it?
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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 difference between User space and Kernel space?

Is Kernel space used when Kernel is executing on the behalf of the user program i.e. System Call? Or is it the address space for all the Kernel threads (for example scheduler)? If it is the first ...
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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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What is the difference between the following kernel Makefile terms: vmlinux, vmlinuz, vmlinux.bin, zimage & bzimage?

While browsing through the Kernel Makefiles, i found these terms. So i would like to know what is the difference between vmlinux, vmlinuz, vmlinux.bin, zimage & bzimage?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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What's the difference of dmesg output and /var/log/messages?

AFAIK dmesg shows information about kernel and kernel modules, and /var/log/messages also shows information produced by kernel and modules. So what's the difference? Does /var/log/messages ⊂ output ...
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How to know if a network interface is tap, tun, bridge or physical?

As far as i know, there are 4 main types of network interfaces in linux: tun, tap, bridge and physical. When i'm doing sys admin on machines running KVM, i usually come accross tap, bridge and ...
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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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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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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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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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Can I list the filesystems a running kernel can support?

I'm trying to detect what filesystems a kernel can support. Ideally in a little list of their names but I'll take anything you've got. Note that I don't mean the current filesystems in use, just ones ...
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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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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= ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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How many cores can Linux kernel handle?

I'm interested in theoretical limits, perhaps with examples of systems having huge numbers of CPU's.
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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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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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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 generate Module.symvers?

I recently went through Unpacking kernel-source rpm off-system (OpenSuse)?; and as it took > 10 h on my machine, imagine my surprise that after doing the process described there, I find no ...