This tag is for questions about the internals of the Linux kernel itself - particularly about use or configuration of kernel modules or drivers.

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Is it possible to make the OOM killer intervent earlier?

I try to tweak my development system to maximal reliability. I disabled swap, because for GUI usage it mostly renders the machine unresponsive in such a way not useable anymore. Nevertheless, if ...
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Running linux kernel 0.01 in a virtual machine

I'm just trying to know if is there is a way to run the first version of linux in a virtual machine. Since I am very new to this, my aim is to learn something basic on how the first version of linux ...
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How are system calls dealt with in a multicore Linux system?

When a thread or process from one core initiates a system call(ex. it can be fork()), the OS goes into kernel mode, assuming that multiple systems calls(ex. maybe also fork()) come in from different ...
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Unable to install VIrtualbox, `“Specify KERN_DIR=<directory>”` — installing Virtual Box to Debian?

I am getting this error: Makefile:181: *** Error: unable to find the sources of your current Linux kernel. Specify KERN_DIR= and run Make again. Stop. Basically I'm doing: $ sudo /etc/init.d/...
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How to get a list of active drivers that are statically built into the linux kernel?

While I can use lsmod in order to show currently active kernel modules, how can I see which drivers are statically built into the kernel AND currently active?
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Directory - /sys in linux

Can anyone explain me what is going inside the /sys directory on a Linux system? I Googled it and got some results, but I need a clear mind on this. Is there anyone ready to give me a short (and sweet)...
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Pipe kernel messages to another process as they occur

I have an OLED screen on my laptop that I have configured to show status information. The current driver I have installed in Linux for it is able to display messages by sending them to a script as an ...
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Is it possible to boot a consumer i7 system with a Xeon processor and ECC memory?

I have read a couple of blog posts on the Internet that appear to imply one can boot at least some i7 motherboards with unbuffered ECC memory and a Xeon 43xx processor installed. I can boot my MSI ...
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dkms does not find kernel source

For days now I am trying to get ZFS-on-Linux working on Debian 7 but the module doesn't want to compile: # dpkg-reconfigure zfs-dkms ------------------------------ Deleting module version: 0.6.3 ...
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Does linux have any measures to protect against fork bombs?

#include <unistd.h> int main(int argc, char* argv[]) { while(1) { fork(); } } I run this program on my linux, nothing outputs on the terminal, the OS seems go dead. Does linux have ...
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in which kernel version CONFIG_IP_NF_MATCH_OWNER appears?

In which kernel version CONFIG_IP_NF_MATCH_OWNER key appears? I dont see it while make mennuconfig on 3.2.28 that I am trying to compile for my ubuntu 12.04 (3.2.0 - default kernel version).
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Radeon HD6570 only working in Linux Kernel 3.6.7

I have an interesting problem getting my Radeon HD6570 graphics card working in Fedora 17: When booting into any Linux kernel version above 3.6.7-4, after GRUB finishes there is no video except for a ...