Linux Kernel Development

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Pearson Education, Jun 22, 2010 - Computers - 480 pages
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Linux Kernel Development details the design and implementation of the Linux kernel, presenting the content in a manner that is beneficial to those writing and developing kernel code, as well as to programmers seeking to better understand the operating system and become more efficient and productive in their coding.

 

The book details the major subsystems and features of the Linux kernel, including its design, implementation, and interfaces. It covers the Linux kernel with both a practical and theoretical eye, which should appeal to readers with a variety of interests and needs.

 

The author, a core kernel developer, shares valuable knowledge and experience on the 2.6 Linux kernel. Specific topics covered include process management, scheduling, time management and timers, the system call interface, memory addressing, memory management, the page cache, the VFS, kernel synchronization, portability concerns, and debugging techniques. This book covers the most interesting features of the Linux 2.6 kernel, including the CFS scheduler, preemptive kernel, block I/O layer, and I/O schedulers.

 

The third edition of Linux Kernel Development includes new and updated material throughout the book:

  • An all-new chapter on kernel data structures
  • Details on interrupt handlers and bottom halves
  • Extended coverage of virtual memory and memory allocation
  • Tips on debugging the Linux kernel
  • In-depth coverage of kernel synchronization and locking
  • Useful insight into submitting kernel patches and working with the Linux kernel community
  

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User Review  - John Johnsson - Goodreads

One of the best books I have read about the Linux Kernel. Gives you a very good overview. Recommended! Read full review

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User Review  - Terry Wang - Goodreads

Excellent book even if you are NOT a kernel developer, it really helped me to understand how the Linux kernel works and solved a lot of my misunderstandings (dentries, path, buffer/page cache etc ... Read full review

Contents

1 Introduction to the Linux Kernel
1
2 Getting Started with the Kernel
11
3 Process Management
23
4 Process Scheduling
41
5 System Calls
69
6 Kernel Data Structures
85
7 Interrupts and Interrupt Handlers
113
8 Bottom Halves and Deferring Work
133
13 The Virtual Filesystem
261
14 The Block IO Layer
289
15 The Process Address Space
305
16 The Page Cache and Page Writeback
323
17 Devices and Modules
337
18 Debugging
363
19 Portability
379
20 Patches Hacking and the Community
395

9 An Introduction to Kernel Synchronization
161
10 Kernel Synchronization Methods
175
11 Timers and Time Management
207
12 Memory Management
231
Bibliography
407
Index
411
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About the author (2010)

Robert Love is an open source programmer, speaker, and author who has been using and contributing to Linux for more than 15 years. He is currently senior software engineer at Google, where he was a member of the team that developed the Android mobile platform’s kernel. Prior to Google, he was Chief Architect, Linux Desktop, at Novell. Before Novell, he was a kernel engineer at MontaVista Software and Ximian.

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Love’s kernel projects include the preemptive kernel, the process scheduler, the kernel events layer, inotify,VM enhancements, and several device drivers.

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He has given numerous talks on and has written multiple articles about the Linux kernel and is a contributing editor for Linux Journal. His other books include Linux System Programming and Linux in a Nutshell.

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