Questions concerning the details of how a program uses system calls to interact with the kernel API, what calls are available, how they work etc.

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strace | Who's making syscalls ? | Where are the instructions?

I've been told that strace is used to track all the system calls made while running an application. I see that there are a lot of system calls made even before the first printf ( now write ) call. ...
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Does MySQL processes run in user or kernel modes?

I try to count IOPS and I/O size with SystemTap script and use MySQL to be workload. I found mysqld doesn't call systemcall but mysqld has read/write on VFS. So, do MySQL processes run in user or ...
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How to add a system call in linux kernel 4.x

I'm trying to add a system call using linux kernel 4.1.6 but all the documentation I can find is for older versions. Does anyone know how it's done in the newer kernels or have any good references? ...
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What does p and e denote in exec family of calls?

l and v in exec calls denote whether the arguments are provided via list or array(vector). I read it somewhere that p denotes the user's path and e denote the environment but did not understand what ...
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Why can the waitpid system call only be used with child processes?

The man page wait(2) states that the waitpid system call returns the ECHILD error if the specified process is not a child of the calling process. Why is this? Would waiting on a non-child process ...
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Why are UNIX/POSIX system call namings so illegible?

What is the reason to use such untelling system call names like time and creat instead of getCurrentTimeSecs and createFile or, maybe more suitable on Unix get_current_time_secs and create_file. Which ...
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How can a file descriptor be reclaimed and reused later?

In context of C and C++, is the close() system call the only way for kernel to reclaim the fd and reuse it later when calling open() in the same process lifetime? What about multi-threaded programs?
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Is there any Syscall table just like Interrupt Table?

Are the system calls like fork(), exit() saved in some kind of function pointer table , just like the Interrupt Descriptor Table ? where does my OS go when I call my fork() or exit() ? I guess this ...
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What are unimplemented system calls?

I was revising Linux system calls. I found that a few calls are unimplemented system calls. For example: afs_syscall. I don't understand why they are included in man pages if they are not yet ...
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Relation between system calls and shell commands/utilities

In POSIX, Does a system call function often but not always have a command or utility in shell? Is there some rule of thumb about what kinds of system calls have corresponding commands or utilities ...
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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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using man command for a system call close [duplicate]

So if we have an executable program called close on linux, and theres also a system call close. How can i generate a command that makes sure i get the manual for the system call "close" rather than ...
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What is the reason for having numbers within the brackets of a function ? [duplicate]

I have seen on many occasions a name of a function (frankly speaking I just call it function because of it typical appearance, they are though sometimes named commands or system calls but I do not ...
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Few questions about system calls and kernel modules (kernel services in parallel)

I have few questions about system calls and kernel modules. Let's assume we have two applications (A and B) and each of them is running on a different core. (A-CPU 0, B-CPU 1) When two applications ...
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do processes access cpu and memory by system calls to the kernel?

If I am correct, processes access devices by system calls to the kernel. CPU and memory are also devices. when a process starts to run, does it get cpu and memory by system calls to the kernel? ...
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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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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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Some basic questions about Linux kernel's security [closed]

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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open() return new file descriptor posix [closed]

I have to set the return values for open() in posix. How do I return "the new file descriptor" as it is said in the Linux man pages: RETURN VALUE open(), openat(), and creat() return the new ...
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System calls supported in running Kernel

Is there a way to get the number of or list of system calls supported by currently running Linux Kernel? So I want to find a way to 'read' the syscall table of a running kernel.
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Strace Hello World program

So I am trying to understand systemcalls with the following "Hello World!" program: #include <stdio.h> int main(){ printf("Hello World!\n"); return 0; } and then I run strace on the ...
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How to log all the system calls made by a program, say chrome, using linux auditing?

autrace can log the system calls made by a program by running it. I want to log the system calls of already running programs. It can be done by finding the process id, but is there any other elegant ...
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List the system calls used in an application

Is there any way to get a list of all system calls used in an application without running through all possible scenarios in the app?
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Table or list of system call failure modes?

I am wondering if there is a table or list of system call failure modes. A few examples: Can exit() fail due to the system being out of memory? Can open() fail due to the system reaching the max open ...
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Are system calls available in a chroot environment?

I'm experiencing a lot of compilation errors regarding missing system calls (e.g. error: '__NR_name_to_handle_at' undeclared (first use in this function)) with different projects (ganesha 2.1.0 ...
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Why are rmdir and unlink two separate system calls?

Here's something that kept me wondering for a while: [15:40:50][/tmp]$ mkdir a [15:40:52][/tmp]$ strace rmdir a execve("/usr/bin/rmdir", ["rmdir", "a"], [/* 78 vars */]) = 0 brk(0) ...
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Is there a system call to bind a file descriptor directly into another?

A read() & write() loop would probably be as good as what I'm looking for, but nevertheless is anything like that around or is it impossible because of an obstacle I didn't envisage ? I'm curious
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Which is more efficient, ls or ls -l?

As I understand, the ls command calls getdents, which returns up to x number of directory entries. Are there any other system calls involved? If I run ls -l, are there any more system calls? I am ...
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What is the use of “magic arguments” in Linux reboot system call?

As I was reading Linux source code, and more specifically the system calls code, I came across sys_reboot implementation: http://lxr.free-electrons.com/source/kernel/reboot.c#L199. 199 ...
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Low level system call [closed]

C provides library functions such as write(),read().. for system calls.How to make a system call without using any library in linux in C ?
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System calls source code

C library provides functions such as write(),read(),open()...that we can use in our C program to make system calls. where can I find source code for these functions?
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System calls in linux

Generally, systems provide a library or API that sits between normal programs and the operating system. On Unix-like systems, that API is usually part of an implementation of the C library (libc), ...
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Process's father after setpgid(0,0);

I have a process P1 (child of some parent process P0) both in the same process group. P1 somewhere in his code runs: setpgid(0,0); then a new process group is created (where the group leader is P1). ...
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Get device with major number 0 (btrfs subvolume)

When I stat a file on a btrfs subvolume I get a major device number of 0. Is there a reliable way to find the mount point of this device, without knowing in advance it is a btrfs subvolume? e.g. I'd ...
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Capture information of system-call

I have a QEMU-KVM hypervisor (ubuntu) with several VMs. What I want to do is capture all information of VMs system call to hypervisor (without any intervention to VM whatsoever) in real time within a ...
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What is meant by “a system call” if not the implementation in the programing language?

I would like to understand the term "system call". I am familiar that system calls are used to get kernel services from a userspace application. The part i need clarification with is the difference ...
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Are system calls the only way to interact with the Linux kernel from user land?

Are there any other interfaces, e.g. the /proc filesystem?
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Too Much System Time

I have observed that when running CESM (a weather modeling application), the top command shows a great deal of time is spent on system calls, about 25% to 60%, and only 40% to 75% is used in user ...
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Result from kernel returned to what process?

When a process requires actions that require kernel mode, it uses a system call. So, how are the results returned to the process?
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In what shared library is read()?

I'm a Linux rookie and want to know where the system call read() is. Which shared library is linked when I call read()?
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How to notice log file changes with Linux standard tools? [duplicate]

I need something that does not need to be installed. It's on an embedded system with very little space on the HD. I can't instal anything. I need to do it with something that is already included. I ...
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API with no system calls

The book 'Understanding Linux Kernel' says that 'for something abstract such as math functions, there may be no reason to make system calls'. Can any one please explain how is a system call not ...
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Occasional error from bash on AIX: Interrupted system call

I am experiencing problems with process substitution in bash on AIX It happens very rarely, apparently only when the server is loaded. An example error message is: line 9: /tmp//sh-np-7841523: ...
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what is a Kernel? [closed]

I'm learning Unix from the Unix Architecture book by Maurice J Bach. So if my question seems too stupid, please do bear with it. I read a few related questions but I would like a more simple ...
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Which Unixes support cross-device filesystem links (in particular for rename)?

Just read the following on the FreeBSD man page for the rename syscall: ... [EXDEV] The link named by to and the file named by from are on different logical devices (file systems). Note that ...
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What is a channel?

http://www.di.uevora.pt/~lmr/syscalls.html In that reference about system calls, appears a function called dup(). It is said that it duplicates channels. Then my question is, what is a channel?
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Which System Call provides an interface for sending messages to devices? [closed]

Question is above. I've looked through the man pages, but they are somewhat unclear on the topic. I'm not sure if I'm looking for sendmsg() or msgsend() or if I'm looking for something totally ...
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Where is the fork() on the fork bomb :(){ :|: & };:?

Warning: Running this command in most shells will result in a broken system that will need a forced shutdown to fix I understand the recursive function :(){ :|: & };: and what it does. But I ...
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Which file in kernel specifies fork(), vfork()… to use sys_clone() system call

When ltrace is used for tracing the system calls, I could see that fork() uses sys_clone() rather than sys_fork(). But I couldnt find the linux source where it is defined. My program is ...
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Making a process read a different file for the same filename

I have an application that reads a file. Let's call it processname and the file ~/.configuration. When processname runs it always reads ~/.configuration and can't be configured differently. There are ...