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

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NAS: 100% system (kernel) cpu usage

I have a single core NAS My Live Duo. It runs Debian lenny release. I found via htop utility that it constantly use 100% of red cpu without any noticeable process to eat it. Than I checked via iostat ...
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Library routines in linux kernel

In the linux kernel, there is a section "Library routines" with a snippet shown below: Library routines ---> <M> CRC-CCITT functions <M> CRC ITU-T V.41 functions <M> CRC7 ...
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How to get back from “testing” to “stable” - Kernel downgrade

currently I am having lot's of fun with apt-get - and the bad thing is, it was my own fault. I had enabled the testing packages in /etc/apt/sources.list to install a certain package. And I told my ...
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Why system call hooking produces different result everytime in Linux/Android 2.6.29?

I have implemented system call hooking for Android 2.6.29 kernel through a LKM module. I am tracing down one Android app for system calls. But interestingly, it returns different results every time I ...
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Linux Kernel Version >=3.14 Obliterates Wi-Fi Dongle!

I own a TP-LINK WN725N, and any linux distro with the kernel version before 3.14 works fine, but past 3.14, the dongle cannot hold a speed of over 10 kb/s for more than 10 seconds. Reconnecting solves ...
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Kernel inotify watch limit reached

I'm currently facing a problem on a linux box where as root I have commands returning error because inotify watch limit has been reached. # tail -f /var/log/messages [...] tail: cannot watch ...
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running kernel on QEMU

I face this message: Failed to execute /initKernel panic - not syncing: no init found. Try passing init=option to kernel. I am using this command line: qemu-system-x86_64 -hda disk.img -kernel ...
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Corrupt LVM metadata header after kernel update

I'm running Debian Wheezy (Linux wheezy3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.63-2+deb7u1 x86_64 GNU/Linux) as an encrypted LVM with hardware raid 1 (Adaptec 6405E) on a supermicro server. I was encounting ...
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Setting up HDMI output from Linux console

I am currently running Debian Wheezy on a HP Microserver N54L with an AMD Radeon 5450 video card. I would like to be able to play audio from the console through the HDMI port of my video card and ...
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How to know which firmware is loaded by kernel?

I have an Intel wireless card driven by iwlwifi, and I can see the following message in dmesg: iwlwifi 0000:03:00.0: loaded firmware version 17.168.5.3 build 42301 But how do I know which firmware ...
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What does kernel refer to load modules at boot time? [on hold]

lsmod is command to list loaded modules and I referred man page of lsmod that shows it refers to /proc/modules file. In terms of my os platform, Ubuntu, almost available modules are in /lib/module ...
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Log message “Disabling IRQ”: what does it mean?

This message appears in my dropdown terminal at seemingly random times when no processes is running in that terminal: andreas@debianator:~$ Message from syslogd@debianator at Feb 24 18:57:58 ... ...
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Do dracut handles boot parameters mentioned in dracut.cmdline (7)

If I understand correctly, in boot time the kernel will mount initramfs and then calls /sbin/init from it(which is a symbolic link to /lib/systemd/systemd on Fedora/RHEL systems) and dracut itself ...
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Asus X101H - Touchpad not recognized (want to disable while typing)

I have been struggling with this issue for a while and have done an exhaustive search for answers here and elsewhere before posting this question. On my Asus X101H, the touchpad is not recognized as ...
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Why some operating systems event handling is written in asm instead of c?

My question is why nowadays some operating system event handling is still written in assembly language instead of a higher level language such as C, when the kernel itself is written mostly in C?
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Can the 25 years of development of the Linux kernel be qualified or abstracted in layman's terms? [closed]

The Linux kernel is almost 25 years old. If I had to come up with the short version on the development history of the Linux kernel since 1991(its inception date), and in partcular since 1994 (1.0.0) ...
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insert module to kernel

I installed latest version of IPCOP, I've the correct module of my wireless card (htc_9271.fw): put it to /lib/firmware/ there is not any insmod/rmmod but only modprobe: modprobe htc_9271 FATAL: ...
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Debian wheezy, 3.19, problem keyboard and mouse on dekstop environment

I am running Debian Wheezy on a BananaPi. I just compiled the kernel and the keyboard was working in terminal(if it's called that way). However, after I installed a dekstop interface using "apt-get ...
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RTC time synchronization not working (CONFIG_RTC_SYSTOHC)

I have the option CONFIG_RTC_SYSTOHC enabled in my kernel: Device Drivers ---> [*] Real Time Clock ---> [*] Set the RTC time based on NTP synchronization The help says: ...
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Strange return type of __get_free_pages [migrated]

Why does it return unsigned long? Why not void* or char*? unsigned long __get_free_pages(unsigned int gfp_mask, unsigned int order) I guess it returns an adress, or have I misunderstood that ...
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Print list of bad blocks in NAND flash from user space

Is there any user space tool that can retrieve and dump the list of bad blocks in a NAND flash device? I've checked the mtdinfo command line utility, and also searched /proc and /sys, but couldn't ...
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Centos 7 boot up with custom kernel problem

I have installed centos 7 on virtualbox machine which has kernel-3.10.0-123.20.1.el7.x86_64. I am trying to build Linux kernel from kernel sources. I downloaded the kernel source files from: ...
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Few questions about system calls and kernel modules (kernel services in parallel)

I have few questions about system calls and kernel modules. Let's assume we have two applications (A and B) and each of them is running on a different core. (A-CPU 0, B-CPU 1) When two applications ...
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setting (system-wide) CPU affinities for running processes on a Linux platform

I am conducting a kind of research in that I schedule multiple parallel applications (e.g., OpenMP/pthreaded applications) and execute the applications on specific (partitioned) cores on Linux-based ...
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Why is does proc_create mode argument 0 correspond to 0444 [migrated]

I am a newbie to kernel programming and am trying to userstand procfs. I have googled several examples and they all use: proc_create("hello",0,NULL,&proc_fops); where the second argument is the ...
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Get Inode of an opened file [closed]

I am writing a program that can get the inode of a file that is recently opened. So what i'm doing is, no matter what file is opened recently, I want to get the inode of this recent opened file and ...
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Enabling ethernet over usb support in Linux Kernel

How to enable Ethernet over USB support in linux kernel. Which driver(like CONFIG_USB_USBNET) is related to this support. Is EEM (Ethernet Emulation) regarding this support or not..???
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Slow graphics when using kernel without module unloading support

If this is the wrong place for this question, please let me know. I didn't know where to ask, so here we go: Initially I wanted to disable module loading support for my linux kernel because I know ...
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Kernel booting stops right after “Uncompressing Linux…”

I'm trying to bring up an ARM-based board. I've got U-Boot working but can't seem to get the kernel to load. Most of the time it only goes as far as: Starting kernel ... Uncompressing Linux... A ...
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Is it safe to disable Frequency Scaling and CPU idle Power Management support for Real Time purposes?

I'm using a Raspberry Pi board and I would like to build a real time system. During the kernel configuration, I found the CONFIG_CPU_FREQ option, which (from the help section) allows you to change ...
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TUN/TAP Will not load

I have an OpenVZ server but can't seem to get the tun/tap module to load. I ran modprode tun on the hostnode but when I go under the VM I get: Tue Sep 24 03:08:36 2013 Note: Cannot open TUN/TAP dev ...
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Scaling issues of i7 3520M with intel_pstate module on Kernel 3.10.0

Few days ago I updated my openSUSE 12.3 system from Kernel 3.9.8-1.gf3348a8-desktop to 3.10.0-1.g3dcd746-desktop and since then, turbo mode of my i7 3520M is enabled by default and it does not ...
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update kernel without restart

Recently Linux got a new feature called Live Kernel Patching, which you means you dont have to restart your system to update kernel. Is there any other kernel which has this feature already or Linux ...
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Compiling kernel, MODPOST 0 modules

Building modules, stage 2. MODPOST 0 modules I am trying to compile a linux-sunxi kernel for my Banana pi. Using this link: http://sunxi.org/Linux_Kernel#Compilation Unfortanately I am getting ...
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busybox initramfs loop mount

I'm trying to loop mount my root filesystem (a loop file) within a busybox initramfs. I try to run the command: mount /rootfs.raw /root ... which works on my Ubuntu laptop, however, I simply get ...
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Ping IP works, nslookup fails. New Kernel

I am compiling my own 3.14 kernel. I fear I may have left out some important networking feature to get DNS working. I can't resolve domain names. I can ping my DNS server. I can resolve using that ...
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SCTP support for Linux kernel 3.3.4-5.fc17.x86_64

I'm using Fedora 17 64-bit version, with Linux kernel version 3.3.4-5.fc17.x86_64. I installed lksctp using yum. sudo yum install lksctp-tools.x86_64 When I try to run sctp_status -H 127.0.0.1 ...
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dmesg: pci BAR 7: can't assign io

I have VMware virtual machine running Debian Wheezy. I have compiled my own kernel 3.14. I have noticed dmesg is flooded with messages pci BAR 7: can't assign io (size 0x1000). I have no idea what ...
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Boot partition was unmounted during kernel update

So, I updated the kernel from 3.18.5-Arch to 3.18.6 and without mounting my boot partition. Now, no usb device (vfat not recognized) can be mounted and no network connection (no interface except lo) ...
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Linux Kernel: Good beginners' tutorial [closed]

I'm interested in modifying the kernel internals, applying patches, handling device drivers and modules, for my own personal fun. Is there a comprehensive resource for kernel hacking, intended for ...
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Wireless constantly reconnecting on Ideapad running Arch

I just bought a new laptop, a Lenovo IdeaPad U330 touch, and after some struggle (with the Secure Boot stupidity) I have managed to install Arch Linux. I have configured my system, installed all the ...
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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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bnx2: Can't load firmware file “bnx2/bnx2-mips-09-6.2.1b.fw”

I just compile the kernel 3.10.19 from kernel.org Support for bnx2 is enable. On my server when I try to start the eth0 interface I got the following error : bnx2: Can't load firmware file ...
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How to instruct RHEL6.5 Linux to save/starts states before crush or restart

I have multiple Workspaces, each responsible for different revisions of the same software. Not to have to recreate all Worspaces and open all tools/windows, I'm wondering how can I instruct Linux to ...
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Kernel panic if LUKS password is bad x times

Q: Is it normal if a RHEL 6.5 machine kernel panics if I type the LUKS password a few times wrong?
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lsof: measure I/O rate of a socket fd

I'm writing a script that parses the output of lsof to show a list of what processes have sockets open (similar to what netstat shows). lsof also gives me a file descriptor. What I want to do now is ...
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USB keyboard is disconecting automatically (without being unplugged)

In my log, I see following message: kernel: usb 1-1.6: USB disconnect, device number 5 acpid: input device has been disconnected, fd 7 acpid: input device has been disconnected, fd 8 I have not ...
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cannot locate header while making buildworld in custom kernel source

I'm trying to install a custom kernel in freebsd and here's step I followed: install freebsd 9.1 on vm from the image get the source from hardenedBSD (branch hardened/9/kernsep) execute "make ...
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Why doesn't Linux IPSec implementation support fragmentation before encryption?

I am trying to address an issue where ESP packets are getting fragmented as after adding the ESP header the MTU size is exceeded. The solution—which is what everybody does—is to do the fragmentation ...
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Benefiting of sched_autogroup_enabled on the desktop

I am running a 2.6.37 kernel with sched_autogroup_enabled set to 1. I am not certain that I am seeing the benefits of this patch since: I am launching my applications from the desktop; applications ...