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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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 ...
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Why do linux kernels include files for all devices?

The kernel for my device includes so many files for other devices and situations that my device cannot use. The kernel carries around the files for everything and is much bigger than just the files ...
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Mouse stops moving after a every few seconds, but revives after click action

I am using Arch Linux and according to "uname -r" my Linux Kernel Version is 3.10.10-1-ARCH. This problem appeared after a full system update recently. Any idea how to fix this? Thanks in advance ...
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Adding system call to kernel 3.11 [closed]

What I want to do is add a dummy system call to the 3.11 Linux Kernel. What I did: Downloaded and extracted kernel v3.11 from kernel.org and placed it in /usr/src In file, ...
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Linux kernel option to force video card to stay on

I just installed Debian Wheezy 7.1.0 on an Intel vPro System (Intel Core i5-2520M, SuperMicro MBD-X9SCV-Q-O). Intel AMT's KVM works perfectly until Debian has completed booting and shows the login ...
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Is the source code for OS X kernel logging messages available via XNU, or is it “proprietary.”

It would be kind of nice to understand just exactly WHAT all those messages that appear in log files really mean. I'm not necessarily talking about errors, but even informational messages. I realize ...
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Linux - prevent disks spinning up

On bootup all disks are spun up, but 4 are just backup (and pretty noisy too). Soo I'd rather prefer to never ever spin them up at all when booting. Is there a kernel option which tells the kernel ...
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Kernel bypass possible with non-specialised NIC?

Is it possible to perform kernel bypass and have a NIC send data to the user space (where I will write my network stack) with no copying, without having to purchase a specialised Solarflare etc NIC?
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Advantages / Disadvantages to rolling my own Linux kernel? [closed]

I was thinking about installing a fresh copy of Ubuntu on my main machine. Along with doing so I was thinking about rolling a mainline kernel to get all of the latest support for hardware and such ...
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trouble compiling linux kernel from source

I am trying to compile a kernel from the source tree found at https://github.com/fio-prf/em, and I am getting the following error when I run make: make[1]: Nothing to be done for `all'. make[1]: ...
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How do I configure fsnotify's queue size/watch limit on OSX?

Note: This might be a StackOverflow question, since it's about something that's only accessible via the internal API on OSX, but I'm posting it here since it seems to be more about using a tool that's ...
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When an image on an editing program is rendered on Windows, is the program parsing it, or is the kernel doing it?

so I know this question is confusing, but luckily I am a computer programmer and can make it more clear if you would help me out by reading on. A simple program, liek MS-Paint, will "know" how to ...
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MacBook freezes, console printing kernel: disk0s2 I/O error

Yesterday I've closed my MacBook , opened it today and experienced horrible performance slowdown, beach ball and eventually a freeze. After several reboots I managed to close most of my applications ...
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Configuring DRAM size when compiling an ARM (linux-sunxi) kernel for an allwinner a10 tablet

I've got a goclever a103 tablet (http://goclever.com/goclever_tab_a103) and I want to install linux on it to boot it from an SD card. First thing I found online were SD card images for a very similar ...
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DKMS fails to compile fglrx-driver on Debian Sid (using kernel-3.10-1)

My 'play' box (Debian Sid) just received an update for the kernel (3.10-1-amd64). Right after I installed appropriate linux headers I received an error from DKMS indicating failed build. Below is the ...
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File POSIX Capabilities

In Linux kernel v2.6.~ there was an option File POSIX Capabilities in kernel configuration, which, in particular, is necessary to build and use Linux Containers successfully. I'm currently using ...
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Compiling Linux Kernel with headers (AMD FX Piledriver)

I have compiled Linux kernel 3.9.7 for my AMD FX 6300 (with AMD selected as processor vendor during kernel compilation). After the installation, I restarted the system, and found that the ...
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PearOS - Is it actually Linux?

I just downloaded PearOS 7 for both its look and the fact that it was linux... Until I thought about it. PearOS is a distro that was made by a french developer. Does it use the kernel that say... ...
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How to compile and install new kernel in Chrubuntu with samsung exynos 5 (ARM coretex-A15)?

I have successfully installed Chrubuntu 13.04 (kernel version 3.4) on samsung Chromebook Exynos5 with ARM coretex-A15. And I also tried to update the kernel version to 3.9 by downloading new kernel, ...
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enabling CONFIG_LIBIPW on kernel compiling

I need to enable CONFIG_LIBIPW=m on kernel 3.4.0 I see that IPW2100, IPW2200, and PCI needs to be enabled, but I could not find any clue where they are on the menuconfig. I read on ...
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What's the type of my Ubuntu kernel?

Four commands on my pc: $ dpkg -l |grep linux-image Linux kernel image for version 3.4.0 on 32 bit x86 SM It means my Ubuntu kernel is 32 bits? $ uname -a Linux ny 3.4.0-030400-generic ...
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How can a param be added to boot-command but not accepted by sysctl?

I can successfully add libata.ignore_hpa=1 to my boot command and the following cmd will yield a '1' upon boot: cat /sys/module/libata/parameters/ignore_hpa but grep'ing sysctl -a for libata and ...
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How to enable sched_compat_yield?

I am not able to see the sched_compat_yield entry under /proc/sys/kernel/. How to enable this propery in the kernel (so that I can tweak it for some debugging purpose) ? Currently Available Entries: ...
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How I can replace linux module which are the same version?

I have compat-wireless module, it's built and patched. I really need to replace the module located in /lib/modules/3.2.0-4-686-pae/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/ with this one but I don't know how do ...
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State of vanilla kernel support of RaspberryPi [closed]

What is the state of the support for RPi in vanilla kernel? What is holding back any possible merge from the forked RPi specific kernel repo back into the upstream? Is there any technical issue with ...
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How to connect Linux to a HDD that has been “security locked”

In the process of playing around with several hard-drives, and hdparm's --security-set-pass and --security-erase options, I have a pile of HDDs that are in a "locked" state and I cannot unlock them. ...
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FreeBSD compatibility layer on Linux

I am aware of Linux mode on FreeBSD, where Linux binaries can seamlessly be executed in FreeBSD. From the FreeBSD handbook: In effect, there is a Linux kernel in the FreeBSD kernel. The various ...
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How to blacklist a particular bad RAM area in Windows? [duplicate]

I have found a RAM error with MemTest86+ (the version included with Ubuntu 13.04), it says: Failing address: 002f796c48 - 759.5 MB I have no money to buy new RAM now and the error seems to be ...
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In linux distros, except for a new kernel, what else could require a reboot?

The most common case is a new kernel as far as I know, but what are other cases that usually require a reboot, too?
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Linux kernel 3.9 new storage features howto?

Linux kernel 3.9 has been released, which brings new features for storage cache devices (dm-cache), as well as BTRFS RAID 5/6. These features are undoubtedly sexy, but are all but completely ...
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Extreme Kernel Paged Pool Memory Use (Win 7 64-bit)

I'm currently running Win 7 Pro 64-bit on a file server system with 12 hard drives. The drives are connected through 2x IBM M1015 controller cards (flashed to LSI 9211-8i IT mode firmware). I'm ...
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Where is my /boot/grub/menu.lst file

I m using VMware for my linux version Ubuntu 11.04 and i have searched for /boot/grub/menu.lst file but this file was not there. Why?? I was creating a new kernel in virtual linux but unable to ...
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In the output of lspci -vv, what do the Region lines mean?

I have the following output from running lspci -vv -s 00:00 on my single board computer running Linux. 07:05.0 RAID bus controller: Adaptec AAC-RAID (Rocket) (rev 03) Subsystem: Adaptec ...