The kernel is a central component of most computer operating systems. It acts as bridge between applications and the hardware and also manages the systems's resources.

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LCD driver used in device

I want to know which lcd/lcm driver is configured in running the Android kernel? I'm compiling a kernel for Android but the lcm driver is not configured properly in the kernel source. Is it possible ...
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Is Android FAT / FAT32 implementation power failure resilient?

Does the android FAT/32 implementation handle sudden battery removal? I know that Symbian's 'Rugged FAT' (efat32.fsy) and Microsoft's T-Fat implement this, but I've not been able to find any ...
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Android early boot console over usb

I'm trying to port newer kernel versions onto my Nexus S device. Most newer kernels panic very early on in the boot process. I would like to debug this. However, since the phone has been provided to ...
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Network Issue after flashing Cosmic ROM at Galaxy S Duos

I am a Galaxy S DUOS S7562 user and I have flashed Cosmic ROM v2.5 to my phone. However, I face some connectivity problems. My phone is dual sim but now it forever activates and deactivates both sims ...
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I installed an incompatible kernel with CyanogenMod - what do I do?

I installed Faux kernel on my Nexus 5 with CyanogenMod 11. I forgot about CM's special kernel setup when installing Faux - how do I uninstall, or wipe my phone to reinstall CyanogenMod? I use ...
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AFwall+: Why does the Kernel need an internet connection all the time?

Since I started using AFWall+ (a firewall based on iptables) on Android, I was wondering why the Linux kernel tries to connect to the internet all the time? Allthough blocking the kernel I didn't ...
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does flashing a kernel ever wipe anything on the phone? + Doing it without CWM?

does flashing a kernel ever wipe anything on the phone? and is it ever dependent on android version? e.g. 4.22 or 4.3 I have CWM and i've seen the option to install from zip within CWM recovery. ...
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Android 2.2 Galaxy S SGH-T959 kernel update with netfilter

I can't seem to find a kernel update for this phone that would include netfilter. Does anyone know a different way to install netfilter on this phone?
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Using a wifi dongle to monitor network

I have an android smart box with a built-in wifi and I want to add a dongle to the box so that I can monitor the network. I have found a similar question with somewhat vague answer(at least to me); ...
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BatteryManager inner workings

I recently installed linux on a Sony Xperia Neo (on SD), but the Android kernel remains under the hood. I've only changed kernel initrd to boot off the SD's Debian. The real question is: ┬┐What is ...
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Programmatically, how does “rooting” a device enable access? [duplicate]

From a layman point of view, one would say, "Oh, I'm unrooted so I am blocked and access is not allowed." I want the programmatic point of view; telling me how an unrooted device doesn't have access ...
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How do I find the kernel config for my ROM?

I'm very happy with CM11 ported to my phone(Samsung Galaxy Ace 2). One day I bought Bluetooth keyboard. When I tried to connect it, it paired and... wat? No connection!? I thought that this ROM has ...
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softbricked sgh-i337 at&t with 4.4.2 ota update

I have a sgh-i337 at&t usa GPe recently updated OTA, I tried to format my rom so I could patch my kernel and threw everything at it but the kitchen sink to clear the memory but could not get it ...
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looking for a kernel hack

I have am Samsung g4 with borked code and for forensics and repair reasons, I need to extract/pull a copy of the running kernel from the /boot sector which is only accessible via Odin. I have the ...
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Help to understand working of powerbutton and volume rockers

I want to understand the workings of power button and volume rockers in Android devices, which are associated with the kernel driver of these keys. What happens in the kernel driver and boot loader ...
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Where is the .config hidden on Samsung Galaxy S4?

cat /proc/config.gz tmp-mksh: cat: /proc/config.gz: No such file or directory Is there another place to find it?
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How do you extract the boot.img from a samsung g4?

I don't image the adb command is able to access that sector of the device but for the record, when I connect, I can see the device but C:\Users\Brad2\Downloads\adbUnzip2Cdrive\adb>adb kill-server ...
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Nexus 4, ART vs Dalvik Runtime: Which provides a lower battery consumption?

I'm using a Nexus 4 and currently using the Cyanogen Mod 11 ROM. I was using Paranoid Android Beta 4 for KitKat before but switched to Cyanogen Mod due to the stability that Cyanogen Mod offers right ...
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Oddities Reading boot.img - Way Too Big and Errors In Kernel

This is related to this question but as I've made some progress since and run into some rather different issues that would mean I'd essentially have to rewrite it to be a totally different question ...
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Proprietary software distributed along with Linux kernel

What is the licensing rationale behind distributing proprietary (copyrighted) software within a common smartphone's Android system? I mean software like device drivers (camera, GSM modules etc.) or ...
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Confirming the nature of a Samsung update, and declining it

I find it a little bit offensive to receive a "Software Update" message on my Galaxy Note 2 that does not disclose the nature of the update (an OS update? an app update?). software update message ...
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How to mount ubifs filesystem on android emulator?

I want to test the functionality of a custom ubifs filesystem on an android emulator (avd- Nexus 5). I have compiled and deployed a goldfish kernel(3.4) with ubifs support. But not finding the correct ...
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unable to export a gpiokey in /sys/class/gpio using Android kernel

I tried echo 36 >/sys/class/gpio/export. I am looking to read the activelow value for my gpio pin. Instead of getting gpio32 dirctory I am getting gpiochip32. All the gpio related /sys entry ...
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Is it possible to unload built-in kernel module?

I have a kernel with built-in module that I want to replace. I have built a .ko and tried to insmod it, but it failed since the kernel was already built with it. Is it possible to do this?
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Replacing the system partition without touching the kernel?

So I have an android phone that I'd like to put a clean rom onto, but it looks like there aren't any good kernels ported to it yet. I've done some reading into the android architecture, and come to ...
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Change default Hotspot IPAddress (192.168.43.1) or mac address [duplicate]

I have some 20 android devices. It seems all have the same IPaddress(192.168.43.1) and mac address(XX.XX.XX.XX.XX.XX). I have a problem. when I am switching hotspot of any device. And I am ...
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How to install custom kernel from source? - Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (GT-P5113)

I have modified the kernel code in attempts to add a driver for USB to Ethernet. I have successfully compiled the code and am trying to install it onto my tablet. I am following the README that came ...
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Where is the current_now measurement generated

If you go into the adb shell, you can check what the amount of current the battery is discharging by using the following command cat /sys/class/power_supply/battery/current_now When the current is ...
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how can I change the contents of /proc/product_name_extra?

I have a rooted device and need to change the contents of /proc/product_name_extra from Prod to Eng. I have tried cp, mv, echo, and vi. I get IO error most commonly and no matter what perms I set I ...
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How to find out if my Device's Kernel has Loop Device Support

I would assume most all of you know why I am asking this, but for those who don't, Loop Device Support of a Kernel on an Android device is utilized to mount a Linux Distro IMG file (Ubuntu or Debian, ...
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What is “Additional Safe RAM” (ASRAM) and how do I enable it?

What is Additional safe RAM? How can I enable this in my custom ROM? I am using AOSP KK version Linux Android Kernel. Any reference code for ASRAM would be greatly appreciated.
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Cannot find HTC One in ADB, SD card not mounted, incorrect kernel for installed ROM, no backup

Pretty much what the title says. I have messed up big time. Because I am switching carriers, I have to switch back to the stock ROM. It is stuck at the loading screen, most likely because of a kernel ...
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Reason behind issues in FairPhone OS 1.1 [closed]

The current version 1.1 of the Android shipped with FairPhones had some issues which should be fixed with the upcomming version 1.2. The two major ones are Camera apps (default and others) showing ...
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Nexus 5 takes forever and a day to charge

Since I have installed franco Kernel on my device, charging takes longer than normal (I'd guess 4-5 hours?). But today charging became extremely slow. I plugged it in overnight and this morning it ...
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Can't mount SMB folders on rooted device

Android 4.3 on a rooted Samsung galaxy note. Astro file manager can work with my network (SMB) folders but the CIFS Manager app says "mount: no such device". (Mount Manager app doesn't seem to support ...
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What parts of the regular Linux graphics driver architecture is used in Android?

For example, could the Nouveau driver be used and provide hardware accelerated drawing when Android is compiled for x86?
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Go back to Stock Kernel

I upgraded to faux kernel not a long time ago and I am having a lot of issues with it. I want to go back to the original kernel. I even tried restoring to factory defaults but it didn't restore the ...
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What really needs to be wiped before flashing rom or kernel?

Wiping Questions Does wiping cache wipe dalvik cache? What to do with dalvik cache in recovery when flashing when I changed the default from Dalvik to ART? When I flash kernel what partitions to ...
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Silent failure when connecting to VPN on HTC One Kitkat

I'm not sure exactly when this happens (since I normally use another phone for VPN work), but on my HTC One, updated to 4.4.2, connecting to VPN fails silently : the built-in VPN client, tested with ...
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What is the difference between: Rooting, Jailbreak, ROM, Mod, etc.?

What is the difference between: Unlocking the bootloader (prerequisite for doing many, though not all, other things below) Rooting Jailbreaking ROM NAND and Nandroid Operating System Mod (e.g. ...
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MpDecision - cpu power consumption

I have a customize rom. With battery drain, about 3 times vannila/stock rom. with gapps, wifi off. proc/uptime show same wake time as stock/vannila for the same scenario possibilities of battery ...
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Samsung Note 10.1 USB Ethernet

I'm trying to get USB Ethernet support on my tablet, which for some reason is apparently disabled even though 4.1.2 directly supports it. (My Note II can use it...) I've come to the conclusion that ...
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Where can I find the stock kernel for my Samsung Galaxy S2?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone (GT-I9100). I installed clockworkmod, a custom kernel and rom (Resurrection Remix) earlier this year. One day I couldn't boot it anymore. I restored a backup of the ...
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Given that every application runs as a separate user, what happens when you want to add a new user account?

According to this, every application in Android runs as a separate kernel-level user, with a unique user ID and group ID. So, what happens under the hood when you add a new user (e.g. to your shared ...
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Why are there so many different Android kernels (technical answer please)

Isn't Android a common kernel that is used across all devices? For example CentOS will install on Dell, HP, and a variety of other hardware. Sure there are different modules but it's still CentOS ...
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What exactly happen when flashing new rom?

I searched for a while without any satisfactory answer. What exactly happen when you flash a new rom on an Android device? What the new rom contains of the Android architecture here: A rom (es: ...
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Custom Kernels on Stock ROMs?

The General Question: Is it possible to install custom kernels on a Rooted Stock ROM? The Example: I have a Nexus 7 which I have rooted running 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean JRO03D) would it be possible to just ...
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Low level Android kernel hacking

Where can I find information regarding low level kernel hacking on Android? For example, I'd like to know how the device boots and follow the execution path from that point. Where exactly is the code ...
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Are all the cores online at a time when In-kernel Cluster switching CPUFReq driver is in use in SAMSUNG S4 GT-I9500?

I checked the file /dev/bL_status in Samsung S4-GT-I9500 (exynos 5410 Octa version) root@android:/dev # cat bL_status 0 1 2 3 L2 CCI [A15] 0 0 0 0 0 [A7] 1 0 0 0 1 and it says that ...
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Does CyanogenMod include a kernel?

I've installed CyanogenMod 10.1 stable for S III LTE (i9305), and noticed that my kernel version is 3.0.64 (I expected it to be 3.4 or something higher). As I've said in this question, the kernel I ...