Linux Kernel in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) by Greg Kroah-Hartman

By Greg Kroah-Hartman

I've got numerous books from O'Reilly's "In a Nutshell" sequence and prefer all of them. This one will be close to the head of the record out of those i've got, as it really is top-notch.

It's at first a reference, and i'm already pulling it out with a few frequency. yet it is also strong for filling in a few gaps in my wisdom of the Linux kernel as i am faraway from knowledgeable but in addition no longer a newbie, and this ebook has additionally helped me construct a few instinct into Linux and the kernel. specifically invaluable is an element II, displaying find out how to confirm the proper module and a few of the kernel configuration recipes, as those will be invaluable for a beginner and will aid carry anyone earlier the beginner point as much as one other level.

For an individual facing the Linux kernel of their paintings, this publication certainly belongs of their assortment.

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The modalias file contains the module alias that tells the modprobe command which module should be loaded to control this device. The module alias is made up of a combination of device manufacturer, ID, class type, and other unique identifiers for that specific type of device. 12040 Page 52 Friday, December 1, 2006 10:03 AM support that is generated automatically by the list of devices the driver tells the kernel it supports. The modprobe looks through this list of devices by all drivers and tries to match it up with the alias it has.

The steps involved in adding a new kernel to each of these programs are different, so follow only the section that corresponds to the program you are using. lst file. lst file is to copy an existing entry. 16 root=/dev/sda2 vga=0x0305 The line starting with the word title defines a new kernel entry, so this file contains two entries. 11733 Page 33 Friday, December 1, 2006 10:00 AM Then, add the block to the end of the file, and edit the version number to contain the version number of the new kernel you just installed.

11580 Page 28 Friday, December 1, 2006 9:59 AM Different Architectures A very useful feature is building the kernel in a cross-compiled manner to allow a more powerful machine to build a kernel for a smaller embedded system, or just to check a build for a different architecture to ensure that a change to the source code did not break something unexpected. The kernel build system allows you to specify a different architecture from the current system with the ARCH= argument. The build system also allows you to specify the specific compiler that you wish to use for the build by using the CC= argument or a cross-compile toolchain with the CROSS_COMPILE argument.

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