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

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How do I get linux-gate.dso on a newer linux system?

I would like to find out which method my 32bit QEMU guest is using for system calls. There's an excellent article explaining linux-gate.dso (http://www.trilithium.com/johan/2005/08/linux-gate/). ...
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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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“Northbridge Error (node 0): ECC Error in the Probe Filter directory”

I've received an e-mail from a user worried that the following errors on one of his servers is indicative of a serious problem. The trouble is, the errors below are all that I have to go on. I ...
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Log files for kernel panic on Arch Linux

I have recently updated my Arch Linux machine. Since then, I have been getting kernel panics here and there. (the screen freezes and the status lights on my keyboard are blinking) It seems to happen ...
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Determine whether kernel built-in driver supports a device

I'm trying to find a way to accurately determine whether all the hardware on some system has a valid driver installed either via a kernel module or built-in to the kernel. I'm working with RHEL 5.5 ...
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linux 3.17 supports hotplug of thunderbolt of non-chained thunderbolt devices — what is this?

Linux 3.17 has a commit which supports hotplug of thunderbolt of non-chained thunderbolt devices. But what does "non-chained thunderbolt devices" mean? Is a thunderbolt to ethernet adapter a chained ...
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Linux: What is a tainted kernel?

Under certain conditions, the Linux kernel may become tainted. For example, loading a proprietary video driver into the kernel taints the kernel. This condition may be visible in system logs, kernel ...
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Is system call the only way that a user program can intentionally affect the state of a Linux kernel?

I think there are several ways that a user program can intentionally affect the state of a Linux kernel. By invoking a system call; By invoking mmap() and writing the memory that has been mapped to ...
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Linux 3.x: Supported platforms

Where do I find an (up-to-date) list of supported CPU architectures of the current 3.x Linux kernel? As far as I understood the ucLinux merged their code into the official kernel. Is there any ...
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Utility to list and modify kernel modules loaded at system startup

How do I list all kernel modules loaded while system startup? Is there a user space utility to list and modify the modules loaded during system startup? I am working on RHEL6 Desktop and RHEL6 ...
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Compile Kernel with Own Device Driver [closed]

Please tell how to compile kernel so as to add my own device drivers into a Kernel such that whenever one person installs/ Compiles this Kernel in their System, My Device drivers should be loaded ...
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Some basic questions about Linux kernel's security [on hold]

I don't know much about Linux kernel, and I have some questions. What is the main purpose of separating kernel memory from user-space memory? To make sure that a user application cannot do anything ...
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Enabling IOMMU in the kernel for graphics card pass-through

Short question: How can I turn on the intel_iommu setting in the Linux kernel? I run a Debian host, using the grub2 bootloader. Documentation I've seen says to edit /boot/grub/menu.lst, which seems ...
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device descriptor read/64, error -71

I have problem with USB ports on MSI WIND laptop. I have FC17 installed and usb printer sometimes not responds. If I replug a printer in USB port - it's working. Tried to change usb cable and printer ...
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Why are structured types are referenced by struct tag instead of typename? [migrated]

In Linux kernel, structured types are defined like that: typedef struct _TAG_ { ... }; and then used in routines like that: struct _TAG_ structured_entity; struct _TAG_ ...
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Do all devices under Linux have a device node?

I know that each device on Linux is either a char or block or network device. Do all physical devices that exist on Linux have a device node under the /dev directory? I'm not talking here about ...
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swap partition and its laws

I remember for choice of swap partition, we should use (swap > 2xRAM) at least.Of course it deprecated , because max of computer's ram is very high. kernel support it. My question: i remember each ...
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Installing a cross-toolchain to build ARM binaries on Debian

I tried to install a cross toolchain so I could build Linux kernel on amd64 (Debian testing "jessie") for my ARM system. I have this entry in sources.list: deb http://www.emdebian.org/debian sid main ...
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What entropy sources are used by the Linux kernel?

man 4 random has a very vague description of Linux kernel entropy sources: The random number generator gathers environmental noise from device drivers and other sources into an entropy ...
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Can't find where __put_user_1 is defined [migrated]

I have been going through the linux kernel module programming guide, and I decided to find out how put_user(*(msg_Ptr), buffer) works. After all macro expansion is done, it appears that this inline ...
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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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No network interface in QEMU

My network interfaces never shows up in my guest computer. I'm compiling a linux kernel (3.3 I think) from scratch with default settings + Symbol: NE2K_PCI [=y] Type : tristate Prompt: PCI NE2000 ...
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HP SmartArray RAID5 recovery on linux

This is a long time in the making, and I've finally got it working so I thought I'd share this with as many people as I can in case they're in a similar situation. Long story short - HP SmartArray ...
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Create a write-cache loop device for a much larger block device

So, long story short. * I had a 5.5TB RAID5 array with a HP controller. * HP uses a really, really painful RAID5 algorithm (ref: Delayed Parity) * I wrote a new block driver that translates requests ...
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Using real time kernel headers to compile userspace code vs default headers

Per customer requirements, I installed CentOS 5.6 with the default kernel. With this kernel installed, the time.h file includes the #define CLOCK_MONOTONIC. Now, a real-time kernel was installed ...
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Possible to see dead proccesses?

In man ps, it clearly states the different states a process can have on Linux. D Uninterruptible sleep (usually IO) R Running or runnable (on run queue) S Interruptible sleep (waiting for an ...
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How do I find out which version of a driver is included in a kernel?

I need to find out which driver/module version is contained in a kernel which isn't installed. Is there a document in the source that contains this or something listed online that haven't been able to ...
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ifup wlan0 causes kernel Oops

on my laptop, when I do ifup wlan0, sometimes I get following call trace in dmesg. Other times, the log looks perfectly normal, and there are no kernel Oops messages. In both cases (with errors and ...
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Enable kernel's net_key, inet_esp, crypto_hmac modules for to use in a VPN

I'm trying to turn on modules for VPN so I followed this tutorial to compile new ubuntu kernel 3.8.6 . But the features I've turned on using make menuconfig seem not to be enabled. (the features I ...
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File system CRC check

I know that before running the kernel, u-boot (the boot loader) will check the kernel image CRC. Only if it is correct it will go further, else it will give a "Bad CRC" error. I want to do same thing ...
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Migrate old custom patches to new Linux versions

I previously used Linux 3.0.35 to customize the OS for an IMX based board. I'm now planning to upgrade it to Linux 3.10.17. The customization was compiled into patches, (80+ patches!). My problem now ...
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AES-NI on Dell Vostro 3360

I don't have AES-NI available on my Dell Vostro 3360 laptop. Why? Does this machine not support it? My /proc/cpuinfo: processor : 0 vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 6 model : 58 ...
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How can I find the implementations of Linux kernel system calls?

I am trying to understand how a function, say mkdir, works by looking at the kernel source. This is an attempt to understand the kernel internals and navigate between various functions. I know mkdir ...
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Why kernel threads are treated as processes

In output of the ps command like the one below (kthreadd,ksoftirqd,kworker) , i can see that there are some processes that don't have an executable file and i find out that's because they are kernel ...
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How interpret kworker threads names?

On a Linux kernel 3.11.0-13-generic running on top of a dual socket Xeon X5650 hexa core board running htop show different kworker threads. Sorted by names (I tweaked the result I am showing here a ...
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rt patch for latest stable 3.17.4 vanilla kernel

I want to apply an rt patch to the latest stable vanilla kernel, which is 3.17.4 currently. The latest rt-patch found are for 3.14.24. Does that mean I have to use the the 3.14.x family, and can not ...
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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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cc1: warnings being treated as errors when compile FreeBSD 8.2 Release

I am trying to compile FreeBsd 8.2 RELEASE kernel # uname -a FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE #2: Sun May 18 00:07:10 PDT 2014 Build the kernel # pwd /usr/src # make buildkernel ... it ...
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Which kernel option for “Intel 8 Series Chipset Family Thermal Management Controller”

My new machine works fine, but lshw shows the following unclaimed device: *-generic UNCLAIMED description: Signal processing controller product: 8 Series Chipset Family Thermal ...
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“Package 'linux-headers-3.13.0-27-generic' has no installation candidate”

I'm trying to resolve an issue that I posted here. I'm basically trying to successfully run this script. To do that, I believe (and I its very possible that I'm wrong) I need to install the ...
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Compiler for Linux kernel

Can Linux kernel be compiled with gcc configured for Linux executables (not bare metal)? I have noticed that Buildroot builds cross-compiler arm-linux-gnueabi to compile everything and became curious. ...
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How to diagnose CPU performance problems?

Recently I bought a new netbook based on AMD A4-1200 CPU and installed Linux Mint 17 with XFCE. RAM is 4GB So, testing some of my programs, I found very strange behavior. On random intervals, the ...
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expanding the priorities table in runqueue in Linux kernel

I have a hw assignment that I'm having really hard time with, probably since I'm new to the whole Linux kernel thing. we're supposed to add a new scheduling policy to the existing scheduling ...
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No build scripts available when compiling module outside of Linux source tree

I am attempting to build a basic module outside of the Linux source tree (3.18.0-rc6). When I build it, I get an error saying it couldn't find scripts/... My directory setup looks like this ...
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what's the difference between machine hardware name and processor type

I know that my machine hardware name is i686 and processor type is i686 due to my Linux output. But I have no idea why they are the same. I want to know what's the difference between machine hardware ...
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“select” vs “depends” in kernel Kconfig

What are the differences in dependencies between select and depends on in the kernels Kconfig files? config FB_CIRRUS tristate "Cirrus Logic support" depends on FB && (ZORRO || PCI) select ...
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How to fix make error “No rule to make target 'menuconfig'” when building a kernel for Beagleboard?

The aim is to build and install the USB Video Class (UVC) module, via make modules_install. I'm trying to configure the kernel via make menuconfig on Angstrom distribution, running on BeagleBoard-xM. ...
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Error compiling custom kernel with a new usb serial driver

I have tried compile a driver for my kernel 3.13.0-40-generic. I have also tried compile a custom kernel with this driver but both have failed. The name of the driver is vizzini for Linux ...
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Does it take time for process to utilize CPU?

I have a single-core x86 machine where I execute the burnP6(from cpuburn package) for 1 second and then kill the program: while true; do /usr/bin/burnP6 & sleep 1; pkill burnP6; sleep 1; done ...
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What could be done to make Embedded Linux boot faster?

My team is developing a software for a Embedded Linux solution. The problem we are facing is that it takes too much time for the system to be ready to start running our desired apps (that is, too much ...