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

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What does __ prefix before some kernel api's convey?

Why do some function calls in kernel specially have this prefix __ example: __init initialization(void) is __init a macro? What does this convey? Are these a special class of function calls inside ...
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How to install/make the kernel section 9 manpages which document its functions and data structures?

The kernel sources contain functions and data structures which are documented, for instance in panic.c: /** * panic - halt the system * @fmt: The text string to print * * Display a message, ...
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How pipes work in Linux

I've been reading up about how pipes are implemented in the Linux kernel and wanted to validate my understanding. If I'm incorrect, the answer with the correct explanation will be selected. Linux ...
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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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eCryptfs key in kernel image or initramfs

I have an embedded Linux system with unencrypted kernel image and initramfs in NAND flash. My RootFS is in SD card. I want to encrypted some files on SD Card as my SD card is easily accessible ...
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Module load map

How can I obtain a module load map? I've tried with the -m flag in insmod but it seems that since 2.6 there is no support for it. Thanks
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install kernel headers without overwriting old headers

I've built a newer (3.16-rc2) kernel which is running fine. My userspace program needs to link against the newer headers as it uses some new definitions in fcntrl.h etc. My question is how do I ...
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Error Installinig Kernel on Centos (from Source)

I am running GNU/Linux (Centos 6) on kernel 2.6.32-431.17.1.el6.x86_64. I am trying to update the kernel to 3.2.61. I performed the following steps inside the 3.2.61 folder structure: make ...
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Is it possible to use XNU on GNU/Linux?

I was wondering whether it is possible to use the XNU kernel on a GNU/Linux system? But it would be, in effect, GNU/XNU. But is that possible? Does the kernel have sufficient drivers to boot on a ...
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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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How do you patch a kernel? [duplicate]

I got diff text from lkml how do I patch it into a kernel source? I am very new to compiling kernels, and I couldn't find decent sources online I am using debian if it is relevant
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Kernel bisect: when a patch is failing for a reason other than original bisect purpose, what do you do? [closed]

Let's say you're trying to find the cause of a bug between 3.11.0 and 3.12.0. The bug is really difficult to catch, because it may or may not manifest itself over several days of regular workload ...
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nfsd fails to start: modprobe: FATAL: Could not load /lib/modules/2.6.18-238.1.1.el5/modules.dep: No such file or directory

Before asking, here are some system specs: [root@SERVER ~]# cat /etc/*release **##############CARS build log for cars20-rhel-x86_64############## Date: Mon Feb 28 20:06:05 PST 2011 Builder: ...
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CPUFreq Kernel module

I would like to try the CPUFreq module on my board (Marvell Soc based on ARMv7 running a v3.15 linux kernel). My architecture is obviously not supported by the default source code (located in the ...
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Which kernel module name is currently correct “usb-storage” or “usb_storage”?

I have found a number of examples how to prevent a kernel module from being loaded. One of them is about USB storage module. The next code has been provided: echo "blacklist usb-storage" | sudo tee ...
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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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Built new kernel, LVM won't mount from initrd

I need to upgrade my kernel on a RHEL 5 system to build with some experimental drivers. I have configured the kernel with module loading for LVM (dm_* modules). Once the initrd runs the /init ...
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Output shutdown messages to multiple consoles

I have configured my system to direct console output on boot to serial and vga using kernel parameters. Serial is the last argument in the kernel parameters and will be the default used for ...
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psmouse sync issues!

I have Compaq CQ61-420US (64-bit AMD) laptop with Synaptics touchpad checked using $ egrep -i 'synap' /proc/bus/input/devices N: Name="SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" But recently after Arch Linux ...
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Is there a man section or other doc repository for data structure definitions?

For the millionth time or so I had to look in /usr/include/foo.h to find the members of a struct foo or foo_t or whatever. There's a man section for library and kernel calls, some of which include ...
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SLES 10 SP4 - how to get specific kernel source?

I want to look at the kernel source for some specific kernel versions on SLES 10 SP4. I don't want to see just the Linux kernel source, but the one SLES is actually running. Suppose I wanted to get ...
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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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ncurses-devel problems in SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11

Searching on the WEB, I found this tutorial (the only one that has convinced me) for installing a new kernel and I followed the steps provided. But, I got these problems: In the first step I tried ...
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Calling speaker-test from usermode-helper API

I needed to call come audio-producing applications from kernel in a toy module. In order to test that, I thought of calling speaker-test from a simpler module, but no sound would ever come from it. I ...
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Un-mount active partition

Is it possible to umount the partition, whose files/directories are in use? The underlying files and directories are in memory so un-mounting the partition is technically safe (I guess). But umount ...
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cross compile embedded arm

I have the android 4.2.2 code in directory /home/sghPhone2 which compiles normal with make menuconfig but I need to compile a 4.4 kernel and possibly patch it but when I download the source from ...
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Could it cause any problem if I not reboot after a kernel upgrade?

I know there are solution for not rebooting after kernel update: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ksplice But If Ksplice isn't installed, and the user doesn't reboots it's notebook after even several ...
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YUM won't update KERNEL

... ... ... --> Running transaction check ---> Package db4-devel.x86_64 0:4.7.25-18.el6_4 will be installed --> Processing Dependency: db4-cxx = 4.7.25-18.el6_4 for package: ...
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get kernel source code

I need a specific kernel version to compile it with some additional modules. When I typing: uname -r I get 3.8.0-29-generic I need this one. uname -a Linux "..." 3.8.0-29-generic ...
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How not to write kernel warnings into /var/log/messages?

I keep getting these log warnings due to a bug in kvm. Jun 30 19:12:31 server kernel: kvm: 28882: cpu0 ignored rdmsr: 0x345 Jun 30 21:12:31 server kernel: kvm: 31191: cpu0 ignored rdmsr: 0x345 Jun ...
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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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Upgrading kernel 2.6.18 to 2.6.32 on CentOS 5.10

I've been looking on Google for 4 hours and I can't find a solution to my problem. I have a computer running CentOS 5.10 using Kernel 2.6.18-371.9.1.el5 and I would like to upgrade my kernel to ...
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The meaning of Linux Kernel bug output

I have a quick, (maybe naive),question about Linux kernel's output. When I issue a command, the system (Ubuntu 12.04) freezes, the serial port output of this system is as follows: [ 373.805067] BUG: ...
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Debian + Linux kernel 3.12.22: “Kernel module loader” option is not available

The Debian guide for compiling a kernel says: Do not forget to select “Kernel module loader” in “Loadable module support” (it is not selected by default). If not included, your Debian installation ...
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Common code for kernel and userspace [closed]

I'm working on a linux project. I want to have some code (to be specific, a struct) and a header file (my own implementation) common to both the kernel and the userspace. Can someone tell me how to ...
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Debian: GPG cannot fetch Linux Kernel key

I am in the process of recompiling the kernel on Debian. Following the instructions on kernel.org, the first step is to verify the signature. But GPG complains that it cannot find the public key: # ...
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Automatized kernel upgrade

I am writing a BASH script that automatically configures, builds and installs the most recent kernel image. The generated kernel should include the grsecurity patchset. It would use the previous ...
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kernel build: why does 'make install' complain about missing modules?

I'm building a 3.2.x kernel on a RedHat Enterpise system. During 'make install' it takes a very long time and is complaining : ERROR: modinfo: could not find module xxx I assume its probing ...
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Open Character Device without creating a Device Node

I'm having an issue where a 3rd party application is opening a device node it shouldn't. I wrote a SPI Slave device driver that does some processing of messages. When the driver loads its in ...
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What does this “general protection fault” in my console mean, and how do I interpret it?

I had a couple of consoles open for other work and when I came back to them they both contained the following: Message from syslogd@Stacey-Windows at Jun 19 09:43:28 ... kernel:[ 4375.127165] ...
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What's the difference of the Userland vs the Kernel?

I am trying to understand exactly what is userland? everyone that I ask says: "Anything that is not kernel". but it is not tangible for me. When I am reading that kernel can run that driver on the ...
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Debian: get package name for installed file

I'm connected via SSH to a PC running Linux kernel 3.11.1: root@alix:~# uname -r 3.11.1 how can I find out which package installed this specific file or kernel version respectively? I tried ...
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Linux freezing guess: keyboard & mouse (Archlinux and Ubuntu)

Linux on my PC is freezing a few seconds after startup. I am unable to use the mouse / keyboard. Neither Ubuntu nor Arch do anything after a few seconds. Windows has been running fine for years now. ...
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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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Do kernel threads seem to interfere with full tickless mode?

I'm trying to disable local timer interrupts for low latency. I have full tickless mode enabled in the kernel config and I have the boot parameter nohz_full set for the cores in question. However ...
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Find out if CPU supports dynamic speed setting

I need to find out in my script if a (potentially legacy) CPU supports dynamic speed setting, and eventually get value of maximum and current speed. What makes it more complicated is that I need to ...
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Realtek RTS5209 PCI-E Card Reader only work if card is inserted before boot

Hardware Info Laptop Model: Sony Vaio Pro 13 Problematic Hardware: Bulti-in Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5209 PCI Express Card Reader Problem description Here is the problem, if I boot with ...
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After installing a new Kernel in Ubuntu 14.04, rebooting takes me to busybox initramfs. How do I mount a filesystem after that?

I have a virtual machine with Ubuntu 14.04 in it. I recently built and installed linux-3.14.5 kernel on it, and tried to boot into it, but it drops me to BusyBox v1.21.1 built-in shell. Here's what I ...
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Updating kernel on a Chromebook to prep for Chrubuntu

Pretty simple question: I have read that by setting my Chromebook to the dev channel, it will install a later kernel. Currently it's 3.4.0, and it'd install 3.8.0 (64-bit, no less). However, after ...
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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 ...