The kernel of operating systems popularly known as Linux, or sometimes GNU/Linux.

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Different types of pageouts - Data?

In Linux, pageouts are controlled by the following properties /proc/sys/vm/dirty_expire_centiseconds /proc/sys/vm/dirty_background_ratio /proc/sys/vm/dirty_ratio Thus pageouts can happen due to ...
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Problems with file system

I created a partition with EXT4 file system and when I'm writing in this partition frequently the Kernel return the following error: Jan 01 01:17:54 infobuffer360 kernel: r7:c0561280 Jan 01 01:17:54 ...
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Linux kernel action upon init process exiting

Say I am writing my own init program running on a Linux kernel. What happens when my init program exits with return value 0 ? Additionally is the behaviour different if the return value is non-zero? ...
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how to set or know scaling driver in linux kernel

I am trying to modify the scheduler/governor. For the same I need to know what CPUFreq Driver or scalling driver am I configured to run. 1.Where can I find what scaling driver am I configured to ...
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Find SAS controller that is well supported by the linux kernel

How can I find a SAS controller that is well supported by the official Linux kernel? The controller should use the PCIe bus and needs to connect one LTO-6 tape drive. I have looked through the ...
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Besides cache, what does the Linux kernel use significant amounts of memory for?

My computer feels really sluggish. According to free, I have only ~200M RAM left and more than a gigabyte had to be swapped out. I know that it is good if memory is used for caching but this looks ...
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Starting Kdump: FAILED

I am unable to start kdump on my machine. It is prompting Starting Kdump: FAILED. I have edited the /etc/grub.conf file and provide 1024M to crashkernel. I have also provided the path to where the ...
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Can I make the boot even more verbose than loglevel=7 using kernel parameters?

I have an error when booting on a machine, my machine is stuck with the error message: Booting a command list. I can see this message when I add loglevel=7 and only if I delete the quiet in the ...
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How to select the tag of the latest non-unstable/release candidate version?

I've downloaded the latest kernel sources: git clone git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git cd linux-stable git tag -l | less and picked v3.9.1. git checkout -b ...
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Linux Kernel Live Patching - WHATIS and HOWTO?

I am trying to understand a new concept I got to know recently as the Linux 4.0 makes it way to the mainline - "Live Patching". Supposedly this is a new feature enhancement of the Linux kernel. It ...
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Repackage RPM with kernel

I am tinkering with CentOS 5.4 and upgrading the kernel to the latest 2.6.18 build 402. What I need to do is to rebuild the initrd to include a modified init script, then repackage it all into an RPM ...
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isolcpus doesn't work on Ubuntu 14

I added isolcpus=0 to the end of the following line to the file /etc/default/grub GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash isolcpus=0" The idea, as I understand it, is to reserve core 0 from having ...
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Upgrading guidance for Cedarview driver in Debian 6 - 2.6.32

Our system runs with Debian 6 squeeze (2.6.32) Kernel with N2600 hardware. I know the version is old. An upgrade is in later plans. Recently, we tried connecting multiple monitors (CRT and HDMI), and ...
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Tegra Mesa GLES without X

I am trying to setup a Tegra 3 (Toradex Apalis T30) based system that will have an OpenGL ES based user interface on a touch screen. Unfortunately the standard Linux4Tegra kernel is seriously outdated ...
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Is the PTTY inside the Kernel or Userspace?

I read, that drivers are a way to expand the Kernels abilities to communicate with hardware devices, since there are so many and will be even more the Kernel has to be expandable. In order to ...
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How to set SyslogIdentifier in [SERVICE] section of systemd service file as empty?

I want to set SyslogIdentifier in [SERVICE] section of systemd service file as empty, so that nothing is prefixed in the logs. I tried below options: 1) Mentioning nothing: SyslogIdentifier= ...
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Yocto menuconfig not working

For some reason the menuconfig menu does not come up when I try launching it from my Yocto installation. I am using the Toradex Yocto 1.6 system as is described here ...
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What is a Kernel Routine ?

In another answer I met a short overview of the sections of the man pages: commands for $-User system call, that means evoking a function from the Kernel library call, that means evoking a function ...
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Does Linux virtual bridge support VLAN's?

Does Linux virtual bridge(configured with for example ip or brctl) support VLAN's? For example configure access ports in different VLAN's and trunk ports with only certain VLAN's enabled. Only option ...
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web cam starting hangs os

I faced a strange effect as ... when my notebook wakes up from suspend I can start and close my web cam with guvcview 1-3 times; But after while on 3dr or 4th starting attempt (I didn't count for ...
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How to understand virtual switch in Linux?

I have a following virtual Ethernet switch in Linux: root@vmhost:~# brctl show br0 bridge name bridge id STP enabled interfaces br0 8000.266b04c4a79a no ...
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Find out which kernel source files were used when kernel was compiled

I am compiling the Linux kernel for my specific hardware and I only select the drivers/options which I really need. This is in contrast to a typical distribution kernel, where they compile almost ...
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git: show which files have changed between kernel 3.18.6 and 3.18.7

I have checked out linux kernel git repository git clone git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git I know how to use git log, git show and similar commands to see ...
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MMU-less kernel?

I would like to try compile mmu-less kernel. From what I found in configuration there is no option for such a thing. Is it possible to be done?
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Cross compile GLIBC : error: Need linker with .init_array/.fini_array support

Whenever I call glibc configure with --prefix=/usr --with-headers=/var/tmp/ubuild.wandboard-armhf.build_dir/armv7a-hardfloat-linux-gnueabi/sysroot/usr/include --host=armv7a-hardfloat-linux-gnueabi ...
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How to rotate the LCD screen/framebuffer to 180 degree?

I have a custom board with a Freecale i.MX6Q SoC. I am using Linux kernel 3.03.35 and LCD is 3.5 inch RGB type display. I want to rotate my LCD screen to 180 degree. I tried a lot to pass parameters ...
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How to insert a modified ELF loader given the current ELF loader is present?

I need to modify the ELF loader's kernel implementation of an Ubuntu 14.04 distribution. Having downloaded the sources using: sudo apt-get source linux-image-$(uname -r) I ran the configuration ...
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dracut md5sum boot directory

This has been going on for a few months now, but my initramfs (and kernel) for that matter have been placed in /boot/{some hash}/{kernel version}/{initramfs,linux}. Did dracut or some other module ...
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make: xscale_be-gcc: Command not found

I'm new to embedded and am reading 'Embedded Linux Primer' at the moment. I tried to build an xscale arm kernel: make ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=xscale_be- ixp4xx_defconfig # # configuration written to ...
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Re-enabling the console once the kernel is up, if silent mode was set in Uboot?

I have enabled the silent mode by setting the U-boot env variable "silent". Uboot-> setenv silent 1 Uboot-> saveenv Now, I would like to re-enable the console once the kernel is up. Can ...
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Gummiboot Kernel Parameters, Cannot find /boot/loader dir

I installed Gummi boot to my EUEFI partition which is sda1. when I do lsblk it show boot is mounted on sda2, which is also my root partition. when I ls '/boot' there is no loader dir. I need the ...
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Is it safe to upgrade kernel manually on a system which is using NVIDIA drivers?

Upgrading kernel manually on Ubuntu 14.04 can cause trouble with NVIDIA drivers? (one of the troubles could be booting to black screen) I had lot of trouble with installing NVIDIA graphics drivers ...
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Trying to make a Universal Makefile

I'm working on my own netfilter module for the first time. According to internet documentation, The simplest module contains the following C code: //'Hello World' kernel module, logs call to ...
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Why do we need a usbkbd driver when there is usbhid?

I discovered that it is the usbhid that controls my USB keyboard by default. I discovered it by doing rmmod usbhid. When I removed usbhid the usb keyboard stopped working. Note that usbkbd was not yet ...
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What are the `some_name.o.cmd` files?

What are the some_name.o.cmd files that I see in Linux's kernel code? are they auto-generated?
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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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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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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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How/Where to learn about linux kernel? [closed]

I want to learn how the Linux kernel works, specifically about the following topics: structure, programming design, device development, but I do not know of good places to learn about these topics. I ...
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Linux Operating System and Version, Regardless of Distibution [duplicate]

I would like to know a linux command that can tell me the operating system and version regardless of what distribution I am using as it seems different distributions have a different way of doing ...
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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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modinfo when a module was compiled into kernel statically wouldn't work — workarounds?

modinfo is rather useful tool when it comes to tweaking module's parameters (at least discovering what options are availalbe), for e. g.: $ modinfo dummy filename: ...
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Constant 60KB Shared library memory on /proc/<pid>/maps

In a quest for understanding RAM requirements of system processes, I arrived to analysis of /proc/pid/maps. I have noticed a pattern: many shared libraries have exactly 60KB space allocated in their ...
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Kernel loglevel and console manipulation

I want to have two console kernel arguments, one /dev/tty2 for screen and one /dev/ttyAM0 for serial debugging. I can achieve that simply with: console=ttyAM0,115200 console=tty2 I want /dev/ttyAM0 ...
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Buildroot - missing i2c kernel modules

I've used Buildroot to build a minimal operative system. During the configuration step with the menuconfig utility I specified to install I2C tools. The option was is Target Package -> Hardware ...
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How to list all loadable kernel modules?

I'm looking for a few kernel modules to load i2c-dev and i2c-bcm2708. But the modprobe command returns: sudo modprobe i2c-dev modprobe: module i2c-dev not found in modules.dep How can I list all ...
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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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What setsockopts() 'name' values are used by the running Linux kernel?

I am introducing some new socket commands with nf_register_sockopt(&my_new_socket_options). How can I find, what setsockopt commands are already used (registered?) by the currently running kernel, ...
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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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kernel: nf_conntrack: table full, dropping packet; Underlying Reason

I have a modified linux on an ARM9 processor. It was working OK, but yesterday I got this error repeatedly: kernel: nf_conntrack: table full, dropping packet I have 2 questions: How can I find ...