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

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inotify does not work with linux kernel 3.4.11

I have a Linux running with kernel 3.4.11. I tried to run inotify-tools, but it does not work (in fact it does not detect the file changes). I checked the .config file of Linux kernel and I found ...
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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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kernel config with strange dependancies

I am trying to build the Android Linux kernel from source following this README. The instructions very clearly state: 1.1 Required enabled config options: After building a standard defconfig, ...
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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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How is 32bit Linux virtual memory structured in relation to PCIe Base Address Registers

I'm working on a Linux system (32 bit, 4GB RAM) and found some contradictory information about memory addressing in Linux. Am I right with this: Only virtual memory has the differentiation between ...
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DisplayPort and Intel HD cause GPU hangs

My system has problems with the displayport connection. This is indicated by several problems that, at the first glance, do not have anything in common. The reason why I claim DP for beeing the cause, ...
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Linux memory usage?

We have 1TB of memory on a server which hosts an SAP application. When the app is running the memory usage shown in top is around 700GB. When the app is stopped the memory usage shown in top comes ...
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Who is responsible for the Linux kernel?

As of today, there are many Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Fedora, Gentoo, Mint, Debian, etc. These distributions update at different cycles. Ubuntu seems to update its kernel weekly or monthly, ...
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Running assembly program as ring 0

I'm writing an application which reports back readings from CPU temperature sensors, and the fan speed monitor. However, according to the Intel documentation on PECI, the instructions required must be ...
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Built the kernel with NFS support but not getting /dev/nfs

I'm trying to build kernel 3.13.9, fetched using apt-get source, and built in a clean debootstrap chroot (both host and chroot being installations of Ubuntu Trusty). My goal is to boot a diskless ...
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Can 32 bit applications on a 64 bit kernel use all the memory?

I know that the 32-Bit kernel can use PAE to allocate more RAM to applications with PAE (up to 64GB) as such I imagine if I am running 32 bit applications on a 32-bit kernel I can use all of my 24GB ...
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I/O schedulers for normal harddisks

For me figuring out what is the best choice for I/O in kernel was a challenge. First I learned that it is subjective then it is depend upon the File-System you use. I know you should use No-op for ...
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View all disabled or hidden linux kernel options

I am trying to build a 3.12 Linux Kernel and I see some of the options (sub menus) are hidden and their branch (menu entry) is disabled in make menuconfig. [---- instead of being --->] I know ...
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What is equivalent to Mac's purge in Linux?

In Mac I use purge to free up some memory. What is equivalent to it in Linux(Ubuntu Server)? apt-get install purge gave me nothing. If you are no familiar with Mac's purge here is it's man page: ...
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Testing the Success of a Congestion Algorithm

How do you test whether a particular congestion algorithm is working for you? I ask because it's not as if I can easily re-create a representative workload for most algorithms. I'm current looking at ...
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How do I make strace “decode” AF_NETLINK comminucation like with ioctl?

strace usually "deciphers" ioctls, showing what do they mean, even resolving network interface names and so on. But the same operation performed using AF_NETLINK stays opaque in strace. How to teach ...
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What are the two head.S files in linux source ?

In the linux source there are two different head.S files located at: arch/arm/kernel/head.S arch/arm/boot/compressed/head.S What is the puprpose of each one and what is the order of there execution ...
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What is the purpose of patches of the linux kernel?

For each Linux kernel version, there is a patch file available for download. For instance, linux-3.12.22 has a corresponding patch-3.12.22. What is the purpose of that patch? To always patch the ...
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kernel source code for beaglebone black

I want to build an Ubuntu kernel from scratch for beaglebone black. I have been searching for where I can download the kernel source code for more than two days but haven't found anything. So, ...
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Installing linux-3.14.8 un Arch Linux while 3.15 is already in testing

I'm currently running kernel 3.14.6 on Arch Linux from Core repo. I would like to install 3.14.8 (which is the latest of 3.14 series) because it contains a fix that is suitable for me. However linux ...
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Red Hat internal specifications

I'm doing a homework assignment for my college, and I'm trying to find the parameters used in kernel compilation on RedHat. My teacher asks: "Analyse and describes in terms of models of each version ...
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Understanding the difference between pid_max, ulimit -u and thread_max

I am trying to understand the Linux processes. I have confusion on the terms pid_max, ulimit -u and thread_max. What exactly is the difference between these terms? Can someone clarify me the ...
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Server won't boot, kernel panic - not syncing

After a reboot of a CentOS 6.2 server we are getting a kernel panic with the following error: Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init! Panic occurred, switching back to text console ...
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kdump doesn't produce core dump after buggy module is loaded

I am running kernel 3.14.4 on Fedora 18. I am experimenting with a kernel module I am making. The module has a bug (at least one) and crashes the kernel. Sometimes I see a stack trace on my frozen ...
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How to find a Linux kernel that works ok on my PC?

I have an old laptop. The newer kernels that ship with the latest versions of the most popular Linux distributions crash from time to time. I want to use a new Linux distribution to get the latest ...
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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 ...
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kernel event listener

I wonder if there is something similar to an event listener in UNIX that a program can subscribe to? Specifically I want to know: Start and end times of a user session Start and end of the ...
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Adding IPVS to the kernel

I am trying to setup keepalived on a pair of VPS load balancer servers. I have hit the road block of IPVS not being included with the kernal. IPVS: Can't initialize ipvs: Protocol not available I ...
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Extremely slow CD-ROM burning

When I try to burn a CD-ROM using K3B, the burner slows down from 10x to 0.12x after writing exactly 71MB. Consequently, burning a 142MB live CD takes more than a hour. Why is this happening? The ...
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Black screen after installing Arch Linux, conventional fixes don't work

I recently installed Arch Linux on my HP Pavilion dv6 (Radeon HD 6770m graphics card) to dual boot with Windows 7 by following the beginner's guide found on the Arch wiki. After grub loads, I choose ...
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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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Why does kernel-devel contain so many “empty” directories?

I have been a Windows kernel developer for many years. Now I start to develop Linux kernel modules. To begin with, I installed kernel-devel under /usr/src/kernels/$(uname -r). However, after checking ...
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custom kernel and firmware loading

After I have compiled my kernel, and when I type make modules_install, not only are the modules copied into /lib/modules/ but also firmware is copied into /lib/firmware/. The following is the end of ...
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Disable kernel logging during initialization

I'm using a Linux image generated with buildroot for an embedded system. I recently disabled some modules from being generated with the image and now some logging messages are being shown during the ...
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Kernel panic when passing noatime in bootargs

I have an embedded system using jffs2 and want to pass rootflags=noatime in the kernel bootargs parameter. This results in a kernel panic: jffs2: Error: unrecognized mount option 'noatime' or ...
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Compare two kernel config files from the menuconfig perspective?

I have a situation in which i have two kernel config files (for the same kernel source ). Both of them have a part of the functionality that i need (on one, USB works correctly, on other, the second ...
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How to enable printk selectively?

I want to print some statements from kernel but not all. So can I use printk selectively? By selectively I mean I want to enable printk only at particular places and disable it everywhere else. ...
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How to interpret cpu_idle and cpu_frequency event's trace logged by ftrace?

I used ftrace to trace two events, cpu_frequency and cpu_idle. I am not able to find out any documentation which states how to interpret this information. I have provided two snippets from the ...
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Can a Linux distro be closed source?

According to the GPL licence, which is the one used by the Linux kernel, every modification in the source must be open source too. But, for example, if I create a new OS based on Linux, I develop my ...
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How to Connect Internet in Zedboard using Linux via SDCard

I am working on Zedboard Zynq 7020. I have booted the Linux via SD card through Zedboard. The linux display can be shown onto the monitor via VGA cable. But I cannot connect that linux to internet. ...
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Error while installing wireless-bcm43142-dkms-6.20.55.19: dependency linux-headers is not satisfiable

I have to install a .deb file with the firmware for the wifi card (This is the name of the file: wireless-bcm43142-dkms-6.20.55.19_amd64.deb; I've downloaded the file from here: ...
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Bluetooth headset profile not working with recent kernel

I have a Plantronics 590 bluetooth headset (the type probably does not matter, but I have no alternative to test). Using the old 3.02 I was able to use this via pulseaudio. With the current ...
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Booting using initramfs instead of uramdisk

I am working on Zynq Microzed board. It is booting perfectly with uramdisk.image.gz but I trying to boot it with initramfs.cpio. In this regard I have made following changes in header files of ...
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Kernel hangs at “bootconsole [earlycon0] disabled”

Booting petalinux on Microzed board (ARM-Cortex A9). Compiled source code, DTS, and fpga.bin. Every thing is going fine till it hangs at "bootconsole [earlycon0] disabled" I am using ...
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How are the different kernel naming schemes relate?

I am running Ubuntu 13.10 with the Kernel 3.8.0-030800-generic downloaded from http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.8-raring/ When I want to run for example turbostat or cpupower ...
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Why is the .config file not copied to /boot after installing new kernel?

I run across such a weird problem: According to this: The kernel and modules must be moved to special locations in order to be used, 1. make modules_install 2. make install The first ...
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LXC container to use “virtual” interface from host (namespace semantics)

So according to the documentation on the Ubuntu LXC documentation the following statement can be found at the time of this writing: A NIC can only exist in one namespace at a time, so a physical ...
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filesystem that works under qemu and I can mount on my host

I'm using qemu for different kind of tasks, I would like to pick a filesystem that is both qemu-compatible and easy to mount under my host. I already discarded both qcow and qcow2 because apparently ...
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Getty instances in init process

Init typically will start multiple instances of "getty" which waits for console logins which spawn one's user shell process. Upon shutdown, init controls the sequence and processes for shutdown. The ...
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Conceptual difference between Linux and (Free)BSD Kernel

(I've already noticed that this question was asked before but I think it has not been answered in a way I'd like to understand the topic.) What are the conceptual and structural differences between a ...