The main component of most operating systems, the kernel manages most of a computer's communication between hardware and software. Typically, the kernel is the lowest level of abstraction a programmer can have to a resource.

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OS X MCP_ELPG_VCORE_STS_SATA_POWERED_UP never reached! error

I'm using a macbook air and it keeps shutting itself down in the middle of usage and brings the following error Anonymous UUID: 3B35044A-64F2-3EA5-3C7B-5C908E62F2F6 Mon Mar 17 23:52:31 2014 ...
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Killing wininit.exe shuts down Windows

When I kill wininit.exe, Windows 7 suddenly shuts down. Can someone explain this using Windows mechanics? I feel like this might because the process provides something important, or this might be a ...
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How to git clone specific linux kernel build

I know I can git clone the linux kernel using the following: git clone \ git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux-2.6.git \ linux-2.6 But I'm wondering how to clone a specific ...
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In sysctl.conf settings, what is the difference between 'all' & 'default'?

In context of sysctl.conf settings, what is the difference between (all vs. default) like net.ipv4.conf.all.accept_source_route & net.ipv4.conf.default.accept_source_route in sysctl settings ? ...
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Linux: Keypresses missed when typed, possibly IRQ issues?

I have a strange behavior on a Raspberry Pi, running a buildroot'ed Linux kernel 3.13.5. When the system comes under a little load (eg. mpd is running in the background happily playing out some ...
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How to setup mainline kernel

I need to set up mainline kernel on my ubuntu machine. I went to the kernel.org and downloaded the the zip file and unzipped it. Now, I have the copy on my local machine. But how to keep it updated, ...
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What does the below sentence mean? [closed]

Windows CE is a distinct operating system and kernel, rather than a trimmed-down version of desktop Windows. — Wikipedia's Windows CE entry. The cited source for that sentence in Wikipedia is a ...
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My windows 7 keeps randomly freezing when I'm doing a variety of activitiess

The screen stays the same but goes unresponsive, and I get a loud ringing robotic sound through my headset. Log Name: System Source: Microsoft-Windows-Kernel-Power Date: ...
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How is system call executed [closed]

From the point of view of application programmer the system call is just invocation of a procedure from wrapper library. As I don't have good knowledge of assembly I was wondering how it is done on ...
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Ubuntu kernel upgrade after graphic card driver update

I use Ubuntu 12.04 with an ATI Radeon 5450 graphic card. I use 2 monitors, and I had to update the video driver because the default one doesn't remember its settings after reboot. I have found out ...
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Linux benchmark SSD vs HDD

I wonder if there is any performance difference when using SSD as the main Hard drive rather than mounting it to be used by different applications on the server. For example using a command line ...
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with rlwrap vi file edit not happening

Am using rlwrap,with that history fetch commands editing works fine. But in vi mode am not able to edit the file, and not able to exit from vi mode. I added following entries in inputrc, set ...
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how to resolve kernel_security_check_failure

I am trying to re-install my Nokia-E5 software by Nokia suite ,I have windows-8.1 OS on my laptop , I am getting this error kernel_security_check_failure . And my laptop restarts. I have no idea how ...
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On telnet session file edit not happening using vi editor

I used rlwrap because with telnet session arrow keys were not working, after starting telnet session with rlwrap am not able to edit the file in using vi editor. Whether its problem with rlwrap.If i ...
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What is the rationale behind the default values for adjtimex --adjust?

The adjtimex utility has an --adjust mode that can be used to compare the system clock with the CMOS clock, calculate suggested values for the tick and frequency offset kernel time variables, and ...
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Questions about behaviour of running LiveCD Linux after unmounting a CD-ROM

Could anyone explain what happens in system after unplugging CD-ROM during working with LiveCD session? Suppose that I'm using Ubuntu LiveCD and suddenly by accident the CD-ROM disconnect for a ...
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Why Centos still not using Latest kernel

As i have seen many changes and improvement in kernel 3.xx The improvement i like is dmcache which introduced in kernel 3.9 I have 3 server with centos installed on all machine Centos is still ...
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Can a kernel that supports multi-core reduce cpu overhead, reduce cpu overheat

I found only a single core as identified by kernel from /proc/cpuinfo. Therefore I am installing a 686 pae kernel to identify all cores and get multi-core functionality. I read about how a process ...
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Ubuntu: change kernel order

How can I change the boot kernel order in Ubuntu server 13.10? grep menuentry /boot/grub/grub.cfg menuentry 'Ubuntu' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os $menuentry_id_option ...
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Ubuntu Server 13.10: How to downgrade kernel

Ubuntu Server 13.10 appears to be very unstable, I got random crashes of the system with no apparent reason and nothing is showing in syslog. This is screenshot from the console when the crash ...
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Allow non-root process to bind to port 80 and 443?

Is it possible to tune a kernel parameter to allow a userland program to bind to port 80 and 443? The reason I ask is I think its foolish to allow a privileged process to open a socket and listen. ...
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System frequently hangs/freezes with all processes in D state

When I am browsing the web with chromium (with lots of tabs/images/etc.) or running virtual machines with kvm, occasionally (at least a few times a day) my system will suddenly become unresponsive for ...
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Strip Linux for a fixed-hardware system [duplicate]

Apologies if this is not the appropriate place to post! I am designing a minimal Linux system to test on an industrial PC. The ultimate goal is security. The hardware of the PC is known and will not ...
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Compile the kernel to increase the command line max length

Following up on http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14176089/system-command-line-max-length-in-perl, which say the max length for exec/command line arguments is controlled by ARG_MAX. So I want to ...
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What does this mean: considerRebuildOfPrelinkedKernel prebuild rebuild has expired

A line I accidentally spotted in system.log on MacOS X 10.9.1 when I connected an external USB webcam for the first time ever.... Subsequent connects to the usb port did not produce this message ...
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Is it common to get error while kernel compilation?

I was just wondering if its normal getting error while compiling kernel with ubuntu 12.04. (i've already done 2.6.37.3 after solving few errors) Is there any kernel version which will be compiled ...
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Which files are cached by linux?

I understand that linux uses unused RAM to keep some files cached. But I wonder, which files it actually caches! If you take a look at free : Gesamt Belegt Frei Gemeinsam Puffer Cached Speicher: ...
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Linux: Random kernel oops in mmap functions

For the last month or so I've been getting seemingly random kernel oopses. I've started to notice a pattern: from looking at the traces, the call trace always involves mmap functions. Whenever one of ...
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What does `apt-get install linux-headers-generic` do

Looking for explanation on apt-get install linux-headers-generic. What does installing linux-headers for a kernel do ? The significance of that command at the time of kernel installation and after a ...
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How to add a new kernel entry in grub2? [duplicate]

Please anybody help me! I am building kernel from source code downloaded from http://kernel.org. I successfully built it and installed modules. Now i want that my kernel option should come at the ...
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Why will dmesg have message from user space?

you can use dmesg -u to see log from userspace. In my case, I have log from systemd and lvm. Why is this happening, why userspace program can print to kernel buffer ring?
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Dmesg boot dumps, udev and boot time

The following is my dmesg dump. [ 1.452016] udevd[121]: starting version 175 [ 1.522976] thermal LNXTHERM:00: registered as thermal_zone0 [ 1.522989] ACPI: Thermal Zone [THM] (76 C) [ ...
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How to understand this messages in /var/log/messages?

the messages is: Dec 18 10:08:55 localhost kernel: sdb: Current [descriptor]: sense key: Recovered Error Dec 18 10:08:55 localhost kernel: Add. Sense: ATA pass through information available Dec ...
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Turn on out of memory killer

I am running ubuntu 13.04 and currently if any user accidently writes some code that uses too much RAM it brings the whole system down so badly I have to switch the power off and on again. Is there ...
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Unable to configure the Linux Kernel v3.8.9 source code

I'm running Linux Mint with kernel version 3.8.0-29-generic. So I downloaded and extracted the Linux Kernel 3.8.9 source code and placed the folder in the main directory. Now using the command make ...
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Logitech M560 mouse on linux sends messed up input events

My friend bought yesterday a Logitech M560 mouse (you can see it here) and tried it on her Ubuntu system. It seems to be a relatively new model, so there is no info about it anywhere, except for ...
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Can a driver be compiled alone instead of the whole linux kernel?

I made some changes to the serial driver on my linux machine. I've been trying to compile the module and reload it, but it throws some errors. Instead, if I recompile the whole kernel it works fine. ...
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Why are user level threads faster than kernel level threads?

I found out that user level threads are a lot faster than kernel level threads but I could not find any convincing example of WHY is user level threads are faster than kernel level threads ? Could ...
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How do I get the latest linux kernel, and why would I want to do that in the first place?

I'm running 3.10-3-686-pae, and I think I would like to upgrade to 3.12 just so I can learn more about how it all works. My computer runs pretty well considering how old it is. I have been learning to ...
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Will applications running in root mode be able to overwrite OS's or other program's memory section?

I read here that any application running in root mode can issue a kernel call and execute in kernel mode. Is is possible that ANY application running in root mode can make a kernel call, go to kernel ...
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Can linux kernel be installed alone without any other existing OS

Hi I am newbie to linux world. I have just downloaded the latest kernel from kernel.org. I want to install this simple kernel into my PC(my PC is formatted and has empty hdd). Can I do that? if so, ...
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How to approach searching for sources of interface unresponsiveness

On Debian Linux: On a relatively powerful machine I ran an update and both the kernel and the window manager got updated to newer version. At that point the machine become noticeably less responsive: ...
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Why is my Mac contacting Romania?

I just used Onyx to clean out my caches and log files after which I did a reboot. Browsing the "All Messages" panel of the Console app I noticed this line: 10/27/13 3:38:03.000 PM kernel: ...
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How to make Linux reliably boot on multi-cpu machines?

I've got two machines, one with 4x12 AMD Opteron cores (AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 6176), one with 2x8 Xeon cores (HT disabled; Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2660 0 @ 2.20GHz). On both machines I experience ...
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Which classes of drivers require an ABI bump for Windows 8.1?

I noticed that Windows 8.1 installed a lot of new drivers for several of my devices, but I don't know if that's because there was just an updated one available on Windows Update, or if the kernel ...
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Is the Windows kernel considered an “application”?

If it is true that all Windows files with the ".exe" file extension are considered "applications", is NTOSKRNL.exe, the Windows kernel, an "application", or is this an exception to the rule? What ...
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Are linux driver support at kernel level?

Until now, I thought that linux drivers are at kernel level. That means, drivers are packed inside the kernel, so different distributions should support the same hardware as long as they run the same ...
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Problems with mounting HFS+ drives

I have a problem mounting some hfsplus drives. I just need them mounted readonly. (disabling journal is not an option) I did a lot of research and found out that due to changes from kernel version ...
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On certain Linux boxes, variables in the stack seems to be initialized to 0 - why?

I have a buggy program that pushes a variable onto stack and may use it without initialization. I take the same binary and run it on different Linux boxes. Those boxes have different CPUs (i5, i7), ...
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linux + squashfs-tools for red-hat 5.3

I want to install the squashfs-tools-4.0-5.el6.i686.rpm But I have the following dependencies ( after RPM installation ) please advice what the additional packages that I need to install on my linux ...