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What is syscall-template.S?

I've come across a file syscall-template.S more specifically its location is .../sysdeps/unix/syscall-template.S What is this file? Where is it. It is not on my system and I cannot find it in ...
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To what does the byte sequence in this kerneloops (syslogd@hostname) message refer?

Message from syslogd@ROOROO at Mar 22 19:36:12 ... kernel:[13988.165672] Oops: 0000 [#1] SMP Message from syslogd@ROOROO at Mar 22 19:36:12 ... kernel:[13988.169607] Stack: Message from ...
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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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How to create initrd.img from initrd.lz

I need to create initrd.img file from initrd.lz file. How may I do this?
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Mouse pad error after new Linux kernel install

Yesterday I upgraded my debian laptop with the backports repository. Amongst the packages it installed, a new kernel was added (3.2.0). When booting on this kernel, the right-click on my mouse pad (is ...
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Install an app made for SUSE Enterprise 11 on openSUSE 11.4

I'm trying to see if I can install Symantec System Recovery 2011 Linux edition on an openSUSE 11.4 system. According to the docs, SSR 2011 for Linux supports (among others) SUSE Linux Enterprise ...
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How often is PSS value updated for a given process in /proc/pid/smaps

So if n processes are sharing a library L with size M then the contribution to their PSS is M/n. Now imagine one of the process terminates. So the contribution would be M/(n-1). Q1: My question is ...
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Recommendation on filesystem for embedded device - RAM or USB

It's been 4 years since I stopped working on my Linux internet radio box. My Linux box was Ubuntu 6.04 with Ext3 fs. At user-space, everything works perfectly except I occasionally bumped into ...
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Writing a Kernel from scratch [closed]

I'm not sure whether it's the right place for this question. I am writing a kernel from scratch and want links or tutorials where I can get a few pointers.
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NVidia driver for the 3.2.9 kernel

I upgraded the kernel on my OpenSUSE 12.1 64bit from 3.1.9 to 3.2.9, and when I rebooted, X-windows refused to start, and I got into shell. I tried to run it manually with startx, but still no good. ...
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What is the max partition supported in linux?

May i know the max partition size supported by an Linux system. And how much logical and primary Partition as we can create in an disk installed by linux system?
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Launching Gentoo from external hard drive

I have an external hard drive (Transcend TS500GSJ25M - not sure M1, M2 or M3, but guess it's M1) and I'd like to install Gentoo on it. It's pretty easy, using genkernel, though it compile a lot of ...
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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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Linux kernel for Nintendo Wii

I'm trying to compile a Linux kernel for the Nintendo Wii newer than the version 2.6.32 with mike p5 patches, which I have been using since now without problems. Since version 2.6.33 Wii support is ...
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Memory profiling the linux kernel on an embedded device

I have an linux kernel 2.6.30 on an ARM based embedded device and I have to do some kernel memory usage profiling on the device. I am thinking of monitoring the ps output on various kernel threads ...
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Wireless not showing a network in the scan results

I have a weird problem of connecting to a wireless network. I am connecting to a network named "C-202" with WPA-Personal. This network shows up in the scan results some time and won't show some time. ...
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How do I begin with building a Linux system from scratch?

I tried to make an operating system with my on custom built kernel. It didn't work out too well. I am using Ubuntu and have downloaded Linux 3.2.7 from kernel.org . I am not trying to change the ...
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When would an initrd be necessary?

I've read that I can boot the kernel without initrd, and I've also read that additional modules are loaded during the initrd stage -- as I understand it, for necessary drivers that weren't included in ...
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How to update kernel without reboot? (ksplice alternative)

How to update running kernel without reboot? I know about Oracle ksplice but it's not free and it supports only distributions that I don't use. Are there alternatives to ksplice?
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How does the kernel “give up” control to distribution-specific initialization?

I've always wondered how the kernel passes control to third-party code, or specifically distribution-specific code, during boot. I've dug around in GRUB's configuration files, suspecting a special ...
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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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User Kernel split in 64bit Linux

What is the default user/kernel split in the 64bit linux ? I read Documentation/x86_64/mm.txt (which someone pointed out), but I could not make out. Can somebody provide a direct answer (something ...
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Timescales of any task in linux kernel?

I am studying how Linux kernel works and getting interested in the timescale of anything that happens in the kernel. Of course I know it depends on the HW, but would like to get an example. For ...
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i686 versus i486 kernel on an Intel Core i3

I had installed Debian 6 Squeeze on my laptop a couple of weeks ago. Coming from Ubuntu, I did this by downloading the hybrid i386 image and booting it off a USB drive. Now on GRUB, I'm presented ...
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Writing Linux Kernel module for non-MSDOS disk labels/partition tables

Linux supports a set of different disk label or partition table formats. For example, Sun Disk Labels and MS-DOS partition tables are both disk labels that contain (largely) the same information ...
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How to have CoreAudio from Mac to Linux/Unix?

After using Alsa and PulseAudio for a while, I feel they are not yet strong enough for Audio capture and audio playback. When I test with loud-speaker and microphone, there is self feedback-loop. ...
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Does CentOS fall into System V family? How is it considered to be while comparing with Unix System V family?

CentOS is "derived entirely from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) distribution" (more here). Does it fall into any UNIX System V family? Such as PDP-11 or etc? If not, where does CentOS stands ...
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Why is kernel-default 114MB on SUSE Studio?

I see that $ du -h /boot/initrd-2.6.37.6-0.5-pae 3.9M /boot/initrd-2.6.37.6-0.5-pae $ du -h /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.37.6-0.5-pae 4.1M /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.37.6-0.5-pae $ du -sh /boot 17M /boot ...
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Are kernel threads really kernel processes?

I've read in many places that Linux creates a kernel thread for each user thread in a Java VM. (I see the term "kernel thread" used in two different ways: a thread created to do core OS work and a ...
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Kernel Panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs after new kernel compile

So I've been at this for a while and have been poking around for an answer for a few days, and figure it's about time to ask for help. I am running Ubuntu 10.10 in VMWare Fusion, and have downloaded ...
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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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getrusage system call: what is “maximum resident set size”

man getrusage 2 says ru_maxrss (since Linux 2.6.32) This is the maximum resident set size used (in kilobytes). For RUSAGE_CHILDREN, this is the resident set size of the largest ...
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Undefined reference to symbol 'acs_map' when running makeconfig

I get a linker error when I try to configure the Linux kernel with menuconfig: # make menuconfig HOSTLD scripts/kconfig/mconf /usr/local/bin/ld: scripts/kconfig/lxdialog/checklist.o: undefined ...
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I need kernel headers for 2.6.21.5 [closed]

Preferably in slackware module format(lzm). Can't seem to find it. Can anyone help me?
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Removing generic kernel updates from aptitude post custom kernel install

I've updated my Mint 12 system to be running a kernel built from Linus' git repo. Now, whenever I run apt-get upgrade, I see that linux*-generic are still on the update list (they're being "kept ...
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Why is my initial ramdisk so big?

I'm running Ubuntu 11.10, which came with kernel version 3.0.0-14. I downloaded and built a kernel from the 3.1.0 branch. After installing the new kernel, I see that my /boot/initrd.img-3.1.0 file is ...
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Running a script every time a new kernel is installed

I'm currently having to recompile my wireless driver from source every time I get a new kernel release. Thinking it would be awesomely hackerish to automate this process, I symlinked my Bash build ...
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Compiling a distribution unspecific kernel on two different distributions

I downloaded kernel 3.2.1 from the kernel.org. Compiled it "successfully" on OpenSuse 11.3 64 bit. When I tried to compile the same kernel source on Ubuntu 11.10, I got: ERROR: ...
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Is it normal that a restart is required to mount USB after a kernel upgrade?

Sometimes I see the Linux kernel being mentioned in the list of upgrades, when running pacman -Syu (updating my packages in Arch Linux). Whenever this happens, after installation of the packages, I ...
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Not enough space on / to install new kernel update

During a recent update I received this: Installing: kernel-default-2.6.37.6-0.11.1 [error] Installation of kernel-default-2.6.37.6-0.11.1 failed: (with --nodeps --force) Error: Subprocess failed. ...
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How to get a list of installed external kernel modules?

From the documentation of Linux kernel 3.2 (Documentation/kbuild/modules.txt) === 5. Module Installation Modules which are included in the kernel are installed in the directory: ...
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__modver_version_show undefined error during make

Platform: Ubuntu 11.10 64bit Kernel to be compiled: 3.2.1 Error after make: ERROR: "__modver_version_show" [drivers/staging/rts5139/rts5139.ko] undefined! To solve this I copied the .config file of ...
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modprobe: Module ext4 not found. WARNING: no dependencies for kernel module 'ext4' found

I rebooted a compiled kernel 3.1.0, and those are the errors that I am getting: linux-dopx:/usr/src/linux-3.1.0-1.2 # make install sh /usr/src/linux-3.1.0-1.2/arch/x86/boot/install.sh 3.1.0 ...
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Precautions to be taken while make oldconfig

If a previous kernel (assuming it is not from the stone age) compiles successfully, does it make sense to assume that old config file if copied to the new kernel, will compile successfully too? What ...
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Updating /boot/grub/menu.lst on OpenSuSe 11.3

I compiled the latest kernel, and the menu.lst is updated as follows. My aim is to keep the other kernel around, so that if the new one fails we can still boot from the other one. Is this the correct ...
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How to create an initrd image on OpenSuSE linux?

/usr/src/linux-3.2.1 # make install scripts/kconfig/conf --silentoldconfig Kconfig sh /usr/src/linux-3.2.1/arch/x86/boot/install.sh 3.2.1-12-desktop arch/x86/boot/bzImage \ System.map ...
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Compiling the kernel with default configurations

Assumptions: The platform: anisha@linux-dopx:~/> uname -a Linux linux-dopx 2.6.34-12-desktop #1 SMP PREEMPT 2010-06-29 02:39:08 +0200 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux The kernel downloaded is the ...
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Kernel Panic - Can't find root filesystem / error mounting /dev/root

From here: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_kernel_problems#Can.27t_find_root_filesystem_.2F_error_mounting_.2Fdev.2Froot A lot of these bugs end up being a broken initrd due to bugs in ...
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critical section for linux

In linux or a library for linux, is there an equivalent to critical section in win32? I am aware of Mutex, but it is not the same as critical section since a critical section uses user-mode spinlock ...
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What do the kernel options in braces mean?

I saw a kernel option today in menuconfig that used braces for its checkbox. {*} Button This isn't listed in the legend at the top of the screen. [*] built-in [ ] excluded <M> module ...