The Linux kernel is the operating system kernel used by the Linux family of Unix-like operating systems. It is one of the most prominent examples of free and open source software.

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Debian Jessie 8 idle on fresh install always a little too high, shows rcu_sched ksoftirqd kworker causing cpu load

Are the days of 0.0 cpu load on an "idle" server gone? I have another server (centos/redhat) 32GB ram that actually runs apache/MySQL/Lamp, mono, redmine/ruby, and other junk and its still shows me ...
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Linux (non-transparent) per-process hugepage accounting

I've recently converted some java apps to run with linux manually-configured hugepages, as described here. I point out "manually-configured" because they are not transparent hugepages, which gave us ...
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sysctl: cannot stat /proc/sys/kernel/exec-shield: No such file or directory

Enable ExecShield protection - ExecShield is security Linux kernel patch to avoid worms and other problems. After Adding to /etc/sysctl kernel.exec-shield = 1 Getting this error sysctl: cannot ...
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'BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at' on Google Compute Engine

On a semi-regular basis, I've seen GCE instances freezing with the following error message (from the serial console): g[1375589.784755] BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at ...
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SELinux - Create custom Context [closed]

I need to create custom selinux rules for some applications that are not already have selinux context, So How can i create custom SE-Linux types, users and roles in SE-Linux.
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Random machine hangs with NFSv4 on CentOS/RHEL 6.5

We have an in-house "compute farm" with about 100 CentOS (free re-distribution of RHEL) 5.7 and 6.5 x86_64 servers. (We are in the process of upgrading all the 5.7 boxes to 6.5.) All these machines ...
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How to stop a infinite running process(ztail) started by a ssh session after that session is closed

I have a peculiar problem. My server supports multiple ssh session simultaneously, so that multiple admins can manage it simultaneously. We have a command which calls ztail to show the compressed log ...
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__ticket_spinlock high cpu

We are having a strange problem on our Ubuntu 10.04 KVM infrastructure, where periodically, one of two vm webservers freaks out, with persistently high load, even if we restart the applications. (the ...
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“show_signal_msg: N callbacks suppressed” then pegged at 100% and machine unresponsive

This happened on an Ubuntu 14.04 64-bit DigitalOcean Droplet: Apr 22 02:17:02 localhost CRON[32514]: (root) CMD ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.hourly) Apr 22 03:16:59 localhost ...
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ext3/ext4 physical block size view

I'm using a suse 11 server with xfs and using "xfs_info /srv" command i seen this. xfs_info /srv/ meta-data=/dev/mapper/vg01-srvvol isize=256 agcount=38, agsize=1964032 blks = ...
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Removing old kernels

My boot partition is full and I can't install new kernel versions. So I tried to remove some old versions like this: get active kernel uname -a Linux Ubuntu-1404-trusty-64-minimal ...
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NTP service stopped in centos7.1 linux machine

In our 3 linux boxes centos 7.1, we saw below messages in the logs and then ntpd service got stopped since the offset is more than 1000s. systemd: Time has been changed ntpd[2626]: 0.0.0.0 0617 07 ...
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What is difference between different cpu.cfs_period_us values? [migrated]

I'm reading kernel[1] docs and confused about the cpu.cfs_period_us in this part: 3. Limit a group to 20% of 1 CPU. With 50ms period, 10ms quota will be equivalent to 20% of 1 CPU. # echo ...
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How can I directly read data from a file in Linux without using the filesystem cache?

I have shared storage which is mounted (read-only) on SERVER1, and mounted (read-write) on SERVER2. SERVER2 is writing data to a file. SERVER1 is reading data from that file. The file poling is ...
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Write cache settings not working

I am using Debian 8.0 x64 with 72 GB of RAM with 4 drives configured as software RAID 0. Linux s1 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.7-ckt11-1 (2015-05-24) x86_64 GNU/Linux I tried setting dirty ...
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An oom killer that I cannot explain

I am not able to understand why would kernel issue this oom killer when I see enough memory is available: I say enough memory is available after looking at Normal DMA Normal free lines This is an ...
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Can't get rid of mystery kernel

Just noticed that despite having the kernel updated regularly, the version in use is quite outdated: $ uname -a Linux test 2.6.31-302-rs #7 SMP Thu Oct 29 22:57:03 UTC 2009 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 ...
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Why does /proc/net/tcp6 represents ::1 as ::100:0

I was writing an utility to check /proc/net/tcp and tcp6 for active connections as its faster than parsing netstat output. As I dont actually have ipv6 enabled I was mainly utilizing localhost as my ...
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When does an upgrade update the Ubuntu kernel?

I'm a little confused by Ubuntu/Linux kernel updates. Coming from a Windows background I sort of expect all updates to be available via the update manager, in the case of Ubuntu apt/aptitude. Yet if ...
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How to disable fibre channel LUNs entirely while doing an OS install?

SL 6.5 (aka RHEL 6.5) using a Qlogic adapter in a Dell R610. The module that is loaded is qla2xxx but also scsi_transport_fc. I have 2 SAS disks in RAID 1 for the OS and several FC LUNs for data ...
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kswapd often uses 100% CPU when swap is in use

Most of the time when my computer starts to need swap, I see a massive spike in CPU usage (kswapd0 is consistently using 99%-100% CPU). According to top, the time is spent in sy (system/kernel) not wa ...
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Is transparent hugepage support on or off on these CoreOS machines?

I have a number of CoreOS servers that will be running some database workloads that highly recommend Transparent Hugepages be disabled. However: ~$ cat /sys/kernel/mm/transparent_hugepage/enabled ...
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Installing LTTng-modules 2.5.4 on CentOS 7

I am trying to install LTTng-modules 2.5.4 on CentOS 7, by building it from source because CentOS 7 is unable to install this package from RPM. Running "make" to build package contents results in the ...
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strace not showing anything for thread at 100% 'system' CPU

I'm having difficulty with my Python app going to 100% 'system' CPU time across multiple threads for up to 10+ seconds. My (limited) understanding is that 'system' CPU time is time spent in the ...
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Debian on Hyper-V

I installed Debian with kernel 2.6.32-5-686 on a Hyper-V virtual machine. I had to add a legacy network card. I follow this tutorial ...
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Linux kernel behavior when dealing with colliding subnets

I'm using openconnect to connect to my office VPN. They push some pretty crappy/aggressive routing rules allocating ALL of the private IP address spaces >.< After I connect to my office VPN, my ...
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Why CPU spent time on IO(wa)?

I know wa (in top) measures the CPU time on waiting for I/O. Many articles say that. But I am confused that, based on 2 knowledge points: if a process uses a system call to read disk, the process ...
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In CentOS 6.x, how can I upgrade to Kernel 3.4?

I have a server running CentOS 6.2 with kernel version 2.6.32, but I need to increase my application Performance. The Kernel Version 3.4 has x32abi which can improve the performance so i want to ...
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How do processes stuck on uninterruptible sleep state get cleared upon reboot? [closed]

While processes stuck on an uninterruptible sleep state (i.e. TASK_UNINTERRUPTIBLE waiting I/O from a defunct device) cannot be killed by signals sent by root via the kill command, more often than not ...
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Networking in Linux KVM

I want to know if there is any way other than using linux bridges to interconnect interfaces from two virtual machines ? Since I am trying to run private spanning tree implementation in virtual ...
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CPU usage of server extremely low and webpage load time high?

On a weekday at a time where very few use the optimized website on the server, the time for the page to completely load excluding 3rd party advertisements is about 0.6 seconds to 1 second. Now when a ...
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Can I use kernel modules on Amazon HVM/PV instances?

It's a perfectly stupid idea, I know. But I want to test one of my older projects, which includes kernel module (Netfilter extension) on a virtualized cloud-y instance. Will it be possible for me to ...
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AWS fails to resize an RHEL64 instance upon launch

I'm using AWS to boot up a RHEL64 instance but the disk is failing to resize to fit the volume I've selected. Here's the scenario: I Launch a running instance from the Marketplace AMI ami-517eec6b ...
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How to show per-process amount of non-swappable memory?

I am using a VPS which has, unfortunately, stringent limits on maximum total size of non-swappable memory for all processes in the container; this limit is called in kmemsize in OpenVZ. I would like ...
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strongSwan on Angstrom

My problem is to establish a VPN tunnel between cRIO 9068 and a Cisco router. To accomplish this task I was planning to install strongswan on cRIO (opkg install strongswan). I have installed it on ...
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linux system slab cache proc_node_cache usage too large

My system run java program only, at some time the memory usage increase very quickly to a very hight percentage: memory usage of java : PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ ...
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order 4 allocation failure disaster

Some environment details first: Hardware: Intel Server Board S2600GZ 2 x Intel Xeon CPU E5-2620 64GB DDR3 RAM Intel RAID Controller RS2BL (LSI SAS2108) with 4TB LVM Volume made of SAS disks ...
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Purpose of sysctrl tcp timeout unack field

Could some one let me know the purpose of sysctrl tcp timeout unack? If i modify this value from 300 t0 400, what will be the impact. /proc/sys/net/netfilter/nf_conntrack_tcp_timeout_unacknowledged ...
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Apply patch to custom kernel manually [closed]

I compiled a RHEL based kernel with a script. I've come to know that our version of kernel is vulnerable to attack and we need to apply security patches. ...
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What are the advantages NAPI before the IRQ Coalesce?

As known there are two approach to avoid some overheads of hardware interrupts in highload networks, when there are too many hardware interrupts, that switching to them takes too much time. It is very ...
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find out which memory pages are owned by kernel

I can obtain a wonderful memory map of all processes with the Linux command pmap $(ps -A | awk '{print $1}'|grep -v PID) | sort | grep \^0 It looks like ... 00007fd6dbf45000 4K rw--- ...
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Why does strace return so many execve calls with ENOENT return code?

I wanted to use strace to see what was happening when I do `hadoop fs -ls ', so I ran the command: strace -f -e trace=execve hadoop fs -ls /stg which resulted in a lot of output like this: [pid ...
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Can you use isolcpus or other kernel parameters in AWS?

We have recently started using cpuset for certain network intensive processes and I want to set a system-wide default for everything else so it doesn't use the designated cores. After a few seconds ...
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rcu_sched self-detected stall on CPU on Debian server

My server is online since October 2014. Debian GNU/Linux 7.6 uname -r 3.10.23-xxxx-std-ipv6-64 It was working fine till last night. Last night it bacame unresponsible. I rebooted it from dadata ...
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High %sys utilization in Nginx cache node

We set up Nginx with Lua (openresty bundle) to be a local caching node to our file sharing server, we seperated files to chunks "50MB each" (by this method) and store them in cache to increase its ...
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Server crashes because of SMP

My web server is crashing every few days unless I disable SMP with "nosmp" parameter in Grub config. It is not an hardware failure because the problem persists after moving everything to a new ...
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Can a Linux Kernel be shared between two operating systems?

Quite simple question. I am working on a project to have multiple operating systems (all linux) on the same machine using btrfs subvolumes so that the user can boot to the environment they are ...
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Centos 7 cpu frequency below the minimum value

Hyeverybody,I have 2 similar Dell PowerEdge r720 server wih the following configuration: CPU: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v2 @ 2.60GHz RAM: 64GB OS: Centos 7 I have noticed, that the in recent 2 ...
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Analyse kernel crash file on Ubuntu server 11.10

I am experiencing random crashes on a Ubuntu 11.10 server, and for the time being the system can not be upgraded, even tho this distro is very old. uname -r 3.0.0-12-server I've set it up to get a ...
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Must kernel-version of Ubuntu linux-cloud-tools match the kernel version of linux vm on hyper-v?

Microsoft's recommendations for installing Ubuntu VM's on Hyper-V (note 5) include installing kernel-specific versions of the linux-tools and linux-cloud-tools packages. However, there are also two ...