The Linux Kernel Primer: A Top-Down Approach for x86 and PowerPC Architectures

The Linux Kernel Primer: A Top-Down Approach for x86 and PowerPC Architectures

by Claudia Salzberg Rodriguez, Gordon Fischer, Steven Smolski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0131181637

ISBN-13: 9780131181632

Pub. Date: 09/28/2005

Publisher: Prentice Hall

Learn Linux kernel programming, hands-on: a uniquely effective top-down approach

The Linux® Kernel Primer is the definitive guide to Linux kernel programming. The authors' unique top-down approach makes kernel programming easier to understand by systematically tracing functionality from user space into the kernel and

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Learn Linux kernel programming, hands-on: a uniquely effective top-down approach

The Linux® Kernel Primer is the definitive guide to Linux kernel programming. The authors' unique top-down approach makes kernel programming easier to understand by systematically tracing functionality from user space into the kernel and carefully associating kernel internals with user-level programming fundamentals. Their approach helps you build on what you already know about Linux, gaining a deep understanding of how the kernel works and how its elements fit together.

One step at a time, the authors introduce all the tools and assembly language programming techniques required to understand kernel code and control its behavior. They compare x86 and PowerPC implementations side-by-side, illuminating cryptic functionality through carefully-annotated source code examples and realistic projects. The Linux® Kernel Primer is the first book to offer in-depth coverage of the rapidly growing PowerPC Linux development platform, and the only book to thoroughly discuss kernel configuration with the Linux build system. Coverage includes

  • Data structures

  • x86 and PPC assembly language

  • Viewing kernel internals

  • Linux process model

  • User and kernel space

  • Interrupts and exceptions

  • Memory allocation and tracking

  • Tracing subsystem behavior

  • I/O interactions

  • Filesystems and file operations

  • Scheduling and synchronization

  • Kernel boot process

  • Kernel build system

  • Configuration options

  • Device drivers

  • And more...

If you know C, this book teaches you all the skills and techniques you need to succeed with Linux kernel programming. Whether you're a systems programmer, software engineer, systems analyst, test professional, open source project contributor, or simply a Linux enthusiast, you'll find it indispensable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780131181632
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Series:
Prentice Hall Open Source Software Development Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
616
Sales rank:
1,113,454
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword.

About the Authors.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

1. Overview.

2. Exploration Toolkit.

3. Processes: The Principal Model of Execution.

4. Memory Management.

5. Input/Output.

6. Filesystems.

7. Scheduling and Kernel Synchronization.

8. Booting the Kernel.

9. Building the Linux Kernel.

10. Adding Your Code to the Kernel.

Bibliography.

Index.

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