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

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Why are slab objects not reclaimed automatically

Everyday after a full system backup, various programs are failing with read errors until I run echo 2 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches to free reclaimable slab objects. For example, here's the output of ...
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Where in GRUB2 source code is the handover/jump to kernel code?

I'm looking for the line of code where GRUB2 finally jumps to kernel code and thus hands over execution on x86 systems? I guess it's in an assembler file since this is very low architecture stuff. I ...
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Kernel - Measuring the rate of timer interrupts

I am working on optimizing kernels of my boxes for telephony, which involves (among other things) adjusting the HZ rate and the preemption model. Initially the kernel was compiled with the default ...
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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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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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Why are block sizes limited by page size in Linux?

In many (all?) file systems that Linux uses, including ext2/3/4, the maximum block size is the page size of the architecture Linux is running on, ie. 4KiB on x86. Why is there this limit? Might this ...
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EDID Invalid on USB DisplayLink Device

I have a Sabrent USB to HDMI adapter which is a DisplayLink device. It's recognized by udl as being a DisplayLink device, yet seems to be rejected/disabled due to having an invalid EDID: ...
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How extended (4MB) and regular (4KB) paging coexist?

On x86 architecture, "Extended paging" allows page frames (physical memory) to be 4 MB instead of 4 KB. The book "Understanding the Linux Kernel, 3rd" at chapter 2 "Memory Addressing", sub-chapter ...
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Kernel config diffs - better way to maintain

I maintain one Linux distro (LEAF) with multiple kernel targets, so it needs to have multiple kernel configs (one reference config + usual patch files for other targets). But this adds headache on ...
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Linux Angstrom can't start without serial cable plugged

I'm using the Altera Cyclone V Soc dev Kit and Linux Angstrom provides by rocketboards (http://rocketboards.org/foswiki/Documentation/GSRD141) Kernel is : 3.10 LTSI Linux can't start if any serial ...
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How to create Linux Kernel Headers from Linux Kernel Source?

I'm working with Tiny Core Linux and attempting to install Vmware Tools, which of course needs the Kernel Headers :-). It does not appear they have the Kernel Headers readily available in a package, ...
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How to read the output of the show-memory-usage SysRq?

I couldn’t find any (recent) documentation on reading the output of the show-memory-usage SysRq (Alt+SysRq+m). So what can one learn from looking at it? Here is an example output form my box (Kernel ...
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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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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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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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Can I masquerade a kernel uevent?

What I think happens From my understanding this is what happens when I connect a USB device to my computer: Kernel recognizes that I plugged in a USB device Kernel setups the very low-level things ...
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How to prevent kernel or any broadcast messages from flooding the TTYs?

Because of some hot-plugging issue, similar to what talked of here, the TTY displays show a continuous stream of messages (which are also logged in the /var/log directory). Every text I key in flows ...
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Some questions compiling linux kernel with make-kpkg

I'm doing my first steps compiling the linux kernel and adding a new system call. I've managed to do it, but I still have some questions. For this task, I has set up a Virtual Machine guesting debian ...
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Debian driver needed for Intel ICH7M SouthBridge I/O controller

I am using a motherboard based on this architecture. http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/intelligent-systems/navy-pier/embedded-intel-atom-n270-with-mobile-intel-945gse-express-chipset.html I ...
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How to set CONFIG_PREEMPT_NONE in RHEL 6.4 (linux)

I am trying to tune the RHEL6.4 Kernel to handle server style load for of my application. With RHEL 6 scheduler has been changed to CFS and with RHEL 5 my application works fine. I would like change ...
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My SMDK2416 (for s3c2416) kernel works on 64MRAM but crashed on 128M

I'm currently working on embedded arm linux with smdk2416(s3c2416) The kernel is working on the 64MRAM. Recently, I need to increase the RAM from 64M to 128MB with 64MB on bank0 and 64MB on bank1. ...
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Kernel does not detect Hardware / Software or Hardware fault

I've got more of a basic question for you: My linux kernel (I tried several here from stock 2.6, 3.2 and 3.5 as well as a custom 3.7.3 one) does not detect my synaptics touchpad - or I'am too dumb ...
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When would I use FBDEV vs DRM vs DSS?

I'm new to Linux graphics, and I'm interested in developing a graphics driver. I see that Linux supports three methods for writing graphics to the display device FBDEV DRM DSS2 When would I use ...
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how to build kernel-tools-4.2.xx.rpm and kernel-ltools-libs-4.2.xx.rpm

I am trying to upgrade Centos-7 kernel (kernel-3.10) to (Kernel-4.2.6) and for that I downloaded kernel from kernel.org and create rpm for the custom configuration (arch x86_64)using "make rpm". ...
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Enumerate valid values for mknod

I have access to an embedded device which has a bunch of block/char files under /dev. However, this is not a satisfying description of the hardware, because since the firmware is shared with small ...
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Does Linux still use rootfs?

In the kernel documentation file "ramfs, rootfs, and initramfs" it says Rootfs is a special instance of ramfs (or tmpfs, if that's enabled), which is always present in 2.6 systems. I have not ...
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What hardware support is needed for linux to do `gettimeofday` / `clock_gettime` in userspace using `hped`?

On reasonably modern systems Linux can service "system" calls like gettimeofday and clock_gettime entirely in userspace through the linux-vdso.so (or linux-gate.so) virtual library, so it does not ...
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Virtualbox and GPU Pass-trough: Device with host PCI address already attached to this VM

I have server with several GPUs. My idea is to attach them to different VMs in order to use that VMs in CUDA (or OpenCL) calculations. My setup: CPU: Intel Xeon E5-2670 GPUs: 1 x Radeon HD 7970 ...
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What does Linux wait for when switches from Xorg to text console?

Sometimes my Xorg hangs and locks the console dead, with a “stale frame” of GUI on the monitor. Hardware and driver-related problems are likely (see here for description of particular configuration), ...
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Replacement for cap-bound

We have an old Linux from scratch kernel used in one of our systems, that uses the old cap-bound mechanism (modifying /proc/sys/kernel/cap-bound) to restrict the capabilities of the system. This was ...
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How to resolve dracut problem when intall Fedora 21

I'm Ubuntu User. But I wanted to change my OS from Ubuntu to Fedora. So I wanted to Fedora 21. But there is a problem. I'm using USB Drive to boot Fedora 21. When I try to install Fedora I get a ...
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How to work with a kernel one has no information about?

I'm working with a system to automatically assemble Live CDs. It came packaged with a kernel (seemingly based on 3.13.11), that has been working without problems so far. I noticed that, when I try ...
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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 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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Meaning of an ampersand prefix in a device tree

I am looking at a DTS file which tries to specify different nodes, but interestingly I find a few nodes having different style of nomenclature. / { model = "TI AM335x BeagleBone Black"; ...
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Is there support for flattened device tree in Sparc 32 port of the Linux kernel?

We are trying to write a minimal bootloader for booting the linux kernel on a Sparc V8 processor simulator. From what I understand, the interface between the bootloader and kernel consists of a data ...
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“can't write to batman adv kernel file” while using “batctl p mac-address”

I installed batman-adv and batctl on Ubuntu 14.04.1. When I issue the comand: batctl p 00:16:bf:01:68:46 I get this error: Error - can't write to batman adv kernel file ...
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How to create the framebuffer file node?

I'm working with a limited embedded device - Linux environment - that uses a custom DirectFB implementation to draw a user interface in its video output. I would like to exchange this method by a raw ...
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What is the minimum round robin scheduing interval supported by Linux?

For some reason, I want to have 10 processes share the same CPU core by affinity. As you know, to achieve CPU sharing between processes, we can exploit the Linux round robin (RR) scheduling policy. ...
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Possibile sources of 5us-20us latency gap when sending long block of of serial data to tty device?

I have a trivial C program that just sends a large block of data out the serial port at a fast baud rate. When looking at the bits actually coming out of the port, I see that there is a almost always ...
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Is a page with “PROT_NONE bit set” eligible for swapping?

From the following link: Page Table Management - kernel.org, I understood that the bits PROT_NONE and PRESENT can be used to let the OS know that a page is protected but is resident in memory. I am ...
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How does the kernel store the virtual memory area?

I am trying to understand do_page_fault in fault.c (x86 architecture). I came across the method access_error where we compare the error code to the vm flags. As per my understanding, we are checking ...
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Virtual kernel memory layout in dmesg linux kernel 2.6.31

I'm working on a embedded linux project for ARM architecture, kernel version is 2.6.31.12-rt21. In dmesg, I cannot see the virtual kernel memory layout like this: virtual kernel memory layout: ...
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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 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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Why does the kernel boot faster with less memory allocated?

This is not a important question, I'm just curious. Something strange happened, which isn't quiet clear to me: In the kernel command line, the amount of the memory can be set statically with the ...
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Detach keyboard from the kernel

I am writing a remote controller app for an octocopter and want to use a keyboard as an input device for this app but I don't want it to have any effect outside this app. Somehow I would like to make ...
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How can I automatically include all firmware needed by selected Linux kernel modules

I have certain modules which I need compiled into the kernel. Some of these modules require firmware, which used to be automatically included from /usr/src/linux/firmware/. However, no new firmware ...
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Linux kernel API changes/additions

I'm trying to find a webpage or docs or XYZ that will allow me to see all the API changes/additions/removals between two kernel versions. I found http://kernelnewbies.org/LinuxChanges, but I'm not ...