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

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Kernel 3.14 not working with ATIProprietary fglrx?

On my debian laptop I installed kernel 3.14 so I have the alx driver so my ethernet works, I originally had the 3.2 kernel (Debian 7.7). AFter installing the new kernel, gnome3 went back to the ...
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memory limit of the Linux kernel

I have a perplexing problem. I have a library which uses sg for executing customized CDBs. There are a couple of systems which routinely have issues with memory allocation in sg. Usually, the sg ...
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Walk-through into make (menu)config's options [closed]

I need to customize the kernel a lot for a custom system. Most of my changes concern the kernel's memory usage (something like an embedded kernel). There are a lot of things enabled by default in the ...
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Fatal error: linux/smp_lock.h: no such file or directory when trying to compile tiusb

I am trying to compile the TI-Graph Link USB Drivers? So I downloaded it, and ran make in the directory libusb. It produced the following: ~/Téléchargements/tiusb/tiusb-1.10$ make make -C ...
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How to suppress input overrun messages

I have a Raspberry Pi running Raspbian (a Debian flavor: Linux version 3.12-1-rpi (debian-kernel@lists.debian.org) (gcc version 4.7.2 (Debian 4.7.2-5+rpi1) ) #1 Debian 3.12.9-1+rpi1 (2014-05-19) ). ...
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Calls to sync/fsync slow down after 30 minutes uptime

After 30 minutes of uptime using Ubuntu 14.04 with a hybrid SSD I see many processes blocking IO using iotop. This is during disk writes, for example if I open and close an empty file in gedit it can ...
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Turning off power to usb port. Or turn off power to entire usb subsystem

I have a usb lamp which I specifically bought in order to turn it off programmatically at a certain time, thus I need to remove the power to its usb port. I believe I have a usb-hub at usb6. The lamp ...
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can't filter printk messages

I'm writing a driver and usually I implement my own log-level scheme. However, this time I figured that I would try to utilize the printk scheme that is built into Linux. I see that I can adjust the ...
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open() sys call [closed]

Process A wants to open a file fd1 = open("/var/file1", O_RDONLY); In the process of opening file1 which table is referred first system wide file table or file descriptor table or in-core inode ...
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How can I compile and run a program designed for an older kernel version (2.6) in a newer kernel (3.16)?

I'm trying to run a driver for a network card, but it only supports kernels up to 2.6.32. I need to be able to use this piece of hardware to connect to the Internet. The device I'm using is "VIA ...
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FreeBSD boot problem, UEFI or LEGACY and GPT disk

i have a computer based on GPT disks with triple boot. For the moment i have two OSes working on my computer (OSX and Windows). I want to make a FreeBSD installation, he work perfectly when i boot on ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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IPTABLES comment: No chain/target/match by that name

Faced with error when adding new rule with 'comment': # iptables -I INPUT 1 --source 66.***.***.78 -j REJECT -m comment --comment "Some" iptables: No chain/target/match by that name. Without ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Full UEFI System, Grub 2 self-compiled + Clover 2, Debian kFreeBSD installation?

I've a computer with full installation UEFI system, with 2 bootloaders (GRUB & Clover on ESP) clover is the primary bootloader that allows me to load OSX and grub2. I want to make a new install of ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Why will plymouth not update?

I admit I don't update my kernel very often. I used to everytime a stable release of sys-kernel/gentoo-sources came out so I'm very adept at doing it. This last weekend I attempted to update from ...
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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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Kali Linux - “package has no installation candidate” (also thinkpad-acpi)

I was trying to install the thinkpad-acpi package unsuccesfully, since it had not found the directories needed at all. (no such file or directory response after running the cat ...
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yum install kernel-devel: “Nothing to do” [SOLVED]

I need the kernel-devel package to compile a program(How to check if USB WiFi-Adapter is not working or router is out of range?), but when I try to install it via yum, this is the only output: yum ...
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How to recover firmware on a embedded device with corrupted u-boot and kernel image? [closed]

My embedded device is not working after updating firmware. Thus I tried to update firmware using u-boot. I could successfully get u-boot console via serial connection, but updating firmware failed due ...
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third party linux auditing software

Linux has a audit system built-in in its kernel and a user space process called auditd reading the system calls intercepted by the kernel. Are there alternate solutions to the Linux Audit system ? I ...
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Linux 3.x init ramdisk embedded in bzImage?

Is the initial ramdisk embedded into the bzImage? How to load an rootfs.cpio as a ramdisk and switch the root?
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Linux 0.0.1 Kernel - Starting Kernel Programming

To start kernel programming, instead of reading the books, the online references suggested to download the linux 0.0.1 source and find bugs. I have downloaded it and I am going through the code with ...