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

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Linux question: stat file modification for creator field [on hold]

I modified stat structure in my new kernel, and I compiled and entered to new kernel version linux-3.19. The location of new kernel source code was present on desktop. While I try to print the stat ...
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Trouble calling syscall by name [migrated]

I am in process of adding system calls to linux Kernel 3.19. Tried out the following for adding a syscall 'add' for x86 arch in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. src=3.19 source Added entry to ...
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Specifically what advantages does Kali Linux have other than preinstalled packages? [on hold]

I have been using Kali Linux increasingly over the last few months. I also have an Ubuntu system, and have found that there are many similar tutorials on how to install Kali tools on Ubuntu. However, ...
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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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packet transmission across two virtual machines in different subnet [on hold]

I am working on networking project. Here is the scenario, I have deployed two virtual machines on kvm in CentOS. These two virtual machines are in different subnet. I want to make communication ...
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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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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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Password generator randomly [closed]

Make a random password generator: read 3 to 5 random lines from /suresh/words and assemble them together to form a random password, it takes an optional minimum size argument that insures the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How is user space process/thread controlled by the operating system

I understand this: User code executes in a process/thread context in a process address space, in user mode, and can address only user code/data defined for the process, with no access to privileged ...
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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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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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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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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 tell of whether the kernel parameter [passed at command line] is a valid kernel parameter?

In the grub.conf configuration file I can specify command line parameters that the kernel will use, i.e.: kernel /boot/kernel-3-2-1-gentoo root=/dev/sda1 vga=791 plasticDuck After booting up a ...
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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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KMS Terminal: How to disable second screen, or how to force a certaion resolution?

I have two screens with different native resolution connected to my Gentoo/systemd machine. since the VTs try to mirror the outputs, they do not use the whole size of the higher resolution screen. I ...
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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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Passing return value to setsockopts() caller if copy_to_user() fails? [migrated]

I'm registering new setsockopts() commands with nf_register_sockopt(): static struct nf_sockopt_ops my_sockopts = { list: {NULL, NULL}, pf: PF_INET, set_optmin: MY_OPT_MIN, ...
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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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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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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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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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The command to upgrade to a new kernel from Ubuntu repositories

In the distro I'm most familiar with -- ALTLinux, a command like apt-get install kernel-image-std-def#3.0.... would install another kernel, and update the initramfs and the bootloader config ...
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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 ...
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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 apply a patch correctly?

I am trying to patch a linux 3.13.7 source tree to 3.13.8 using the patch-3.13.8.xz file. Since the patch file is in xz format, I used the following command to apply it while in the source tree: unxz ...
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doubts regarding memory control group and memory zones lru list?

I have doubts regarding memory control group and memory zones lru list ? I just want know whether memory control groups lru list is subset of memory zone lru list or they have different pages on them ...
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How is the linking mechanism so fast in the kernel system calls? [closed]

If I open any file in Linux kernel almost every file has many extern functions and many #indef or #ifndef macros so while compiling how exactly does it map all the functions and macros when more than ...
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Easy way initrd to chain loading another kernel with kexec

I have here a machine which won't boot 64-bit kernels (it has efi32 with a little bit of... uncommon firmware). Currently, my only way to boot my 64-bit linux system is: Booting a 32-bit distro ...
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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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Can a zImage be used with U-Boot and ArchLinuxARM?

I am using U-Boot on a Cubieboard 2, sun7i AllWinner A20 board to boot into ArchLinux ARM. The kernel version that I have is the sun7i latest, which is 3.4.103-5-ARCH so, in kernel terms, it's a bit ...
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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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Beaglebone Black Device Tree for LCD4 cape

The device tree for LCD4 cape is located at /lib/firmware/BB-BONE-LCD4-01-00A1.dts When I looked into it, the declaration of those GPIO buttons confuse me. There are five buttons according to ...
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Detecting and categorizing device drivers in a running system

How can I obtain what device drivers are incorporated in a running kernel? More than this, how can I categorize these device drivers? For instance, this is a Linux kernel conceptual map, from ...
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Is the device tree compiler tied to the kernel version?

I have a situation in which same device trees are used with different kernels. Can the device trees be build only once and used with all kernels? The reason I ask this is because I found the device ...
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“Last resort” Linux terminal command to reboot (over ssh) in case of a kernel bug?

I have a small server with Ubuntu 10.04 on it; I am manipulating this server from another computer via ssh, and I tried to use nfs on it to share files. That mostly works, until one of the clients ...
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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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module scsi_wait_scan not found on CentOS kernel-ml causes kernel panic on boot

I am attempting to upgrade from kernel-lt to kernel-ml, following the instructions here, however on boot the console is flooded with module "scsi_wait_scan" not found This leads to a general kernel ...
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What is “fs” short for in kernel function “get_fs()”?

There are two Linux kernel functions: get_ds() and get_fs() According to this article, I know ds is short for data segment. However, I cannot guess what "fs" is short for. Any explanations?
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Why isn't Linux embraced as the official GNU kernel?

While I knew for quite some time the existence of Hurd, and its mission as the official GNU Operating System kernel, I was wondering how come Linux is not embraced as the official GNU kernel over the ...