Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Linux Kernel Development (3rd Edition)

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When I was first approached about converting my experiences with the Linux kernel into a book, I proceeded with trepidation.What would place my book at the top of its subject? I was not interested unless I could do something special, a best-in-class work.

I realized that I could offer a unique approach to the topic. My job is hacking the kernel. My hobby is hacking the kernel. My love is hacking the kernel. Over the years, I have accumulated interesting anecdotes and insider tips.With my experiences, I could write a book on how to hack the kernel and—just as important—how not to hack the kernel. First and foremost, this is a book about the design and implementation of the Linux kernel.This book’s approach differs from would-be competitors, however, in that the information is given with a slant to learning enough to actually get work done—and getting it done right. I am a pragmatic engineer and this is a practical book. It should be fun, easy to read, and useful.

I hope that readers can walk away from this work with a better understanding of the rules (written and unwritten) of the Linux kernel. I intend that you, fresh from reading this book and the kernel source code, can jump in and start writing useful, correct, clean kernel code. Of course, you can read this book just for fun, too.

That was the first edition.Time has passed, and now we return once more to the fray.

This third edition offers quite a bit over the first and second: intense polish and revision, updates, and many fresh sections and all new chapters.This edition incorporates changes in the kernel since the second edition. More important, however, is the decision made by the Linux kernel community to not proceed with a 2.7 development kernel in the near to midterm. 1 Instead, kernel developers plan to continue developing and stabilizing the 2.6 series. This decision has many implications, but the item of relevance to this book is that there is quite a bit of staying power in a contemporary book on the 2.6 Linux kernel.As the Linux kernel matures, there is a greater chance of a snapshot of the kernel remaining representative long into the future.This book functions as the canonical documentation for the kernel, documenting it with both an understanding of its history and an eye to the future.

1. Introduction to the Linux Kernel
2. Getting Started with the Kernel
3. Process Management
4. Process Scheduling
5. System Calls
6. Kernel Data Structures
7. Interrupts and Interrupt Handlers
8. Bottom Halves and Deferring Work
9. An Introduction to Kernel Synchronization
10. Kernel Synchronization Methods
11. Timers and Time Management
12. Memory Management
13. The Virtual Filesystem
14. The Block I/O Layer
15. The Process Address Space
16. The Page Cache and Page Writeback
17. Devices and Modules
18. Debugging
19. Portability
20. Patches, Hacking, and the Community

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"Robert Love"

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