Linux Kernel Development (3rd Edition)

Author: Robert Love
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by anonymous   2018-05-09

I'm new to the development of linux kernel device drivers. I searched online books or courses and every time the courses are up to 2.6 kernel version. Why there are no guide for the newest kernel version (4.x)?


In this response Linux kernel books for 3.x someone reply that there are no particular difference between 2.6 and 3.x, is this reply still valid for version 4?

by anonymous   2017-09-05
sure, in my opinion these 3 books are essential, ["Linux Kernel Development", Robert Love](, ["Linux Device Drivers", Jonathan Corbet]( and ["Understanding the Linux Kernel", Daniel P. Bovet]( In addition, read and _understand_ the code. Make use of [LXR](
by anonymous   2017-08-20

When kobjects are embedded inside other structures, the structures receive the standardized functions that a kobject provides. Most importantly, the structure's embedded kobject now enables the structure to become part of an object hierarchy. For example the cdev structure is presentable in an object hierarchy via the parent pointer cdev->kobj.parent and the list cdev->kobj.entry

Source: Linux Kernel Development by Robert Love

by anonymous   2017-08-20

For general kernel module writing tips, you can read the books:Linux Kernel Development, Linux Kernel in a Nutshell and Linux Device Drivers.

After you understand the basics on how to build & install your own kernel modules, you can read the source code of the kernel to figure out where the framebuffer stuff is (start at Documentation/fb/framebuffer.txt). I'm not sure whether you can just hook up on the framebuffer driver like that, if not, you might need to add the hook support yourself or 'hijack' the main driver's events to simulate hooking. For example, suppose that there's a function that is called whenever there's an update. You find where the pointer to this function is declared, save the value, then modify it with a pointer to your function. Inside your function you call the original function, then your own code to manipulate what you want and return properly.

I don't know much about the framebuffer stuff, so I'm just guessing what your options are. It's possible that there might be a discussion list somewhere specific to the subject of linux-fb. This might me a good start.

by anonymous   2017-08-20

The kernel does not know that this particular interrupt is for a particular device.

The only thing it knows is that it must call irq_handler with raspi_gpio_devp as a parameter. (like this: irq_handler(irq, raspi_gpio_devp)).

If your irq line is shared, you should check if your device generated an IRQ or not. Code:

int irq_handler(int irq, void* dev_id) {
    struct raspi_gpio_dev *raspi_gpio_devp = (struct raspi_gpio_dev *) dev_id;
    if (!my_gpio_irq_occured(raspi_gpio_devp))
        return IRQ_NONE;
    /* do stuff here */
    return IRQ_HANDLED;

The interrupt handler runs in interrupt context. But you can access static variables declared outside the scope of the interrupt.

Usually, what an interrupt handler does is:

  • check interrupt status
  • retrieve information from the hardware and store it somewhere (a buffer/fifo for example)
  • wake_up() a kernel process waiting for that information

If you want to be really confident with the do and don't of interrupt handling, the best thing to read about is what a process is for the kernel.

An excellent book dealing with this is Linux Kernel Developpement by Robert Love.

by techjuice   2017-08-19
If you want to become a professional and not just a dabbler I would recommend reading some of the following books I have in my bookshelf:

[0] RHCSA & RHCE Training and Exam Preparation Guide by Asghar Ghori. This book will help insure you know your stuff as your system engineer/administrator wise.

[1] A Practical Guide to Linux Commands, Editor and Shell Programming Third Edition. This book will cover the majority of what you would need and want to know when connecting to a remote linux system over ssh.

If you want to get under the hood and become an expert, the following books should help get you started:

[2] Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment

[3] The Linux Programming Interface: A Linux and UNIX System Programming Handbook

[4] Linux Kernel Development 3rd Edition

To get a nice general overview and get up and going quickly:

[5] How Linux works: What every superuser should know

[6] The Linux Command Line

[7] Python Crash Course

[8] Automate the boring stuff with Python. This is a great book to help you think about how to automate most of the repetitive things you will end up doing on a regular basis.










by seibelj   2017-08-19
Hit the books? That's what I do, I'm reading this one for fun now:

It's awesome. I have a library stacked full of software and CS books. Maybe try to get your bachelors at night? I got my master's at night while working.

This is a craft. If you want to be an expert, train like an expert. Realize 3 months of a bootcamp isn't going to cut it, not at least until you've been working for 4, 6, 8 years.

If you can't tell me what inter process communication is, what it's used for, pipes, signals, etc. then I think you have some pretty big gaps in knowledge that preclude you from being an expert at this point.

by seiji   2017-08-19
The most thorough treatment is Bovet & Cesati (944 pages):

A good "gentle introduction" book is the Love book (440 pages):

by klt0825   2017-08-19
I have been keeping a list of books I used to augment my CS Masters Degree courses on various topics, here are the relevant ones I have found useful for the topics you have listed:

--Computer Organization--:

Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective

I liked this much better than Computer Organization and Design by Patterson and Hennessy which everyone has encountered at some point. The developer-centric view was very cool.

--Computer Security--:

Kernel Exploitation: Attacking the Core

Most 'hacking' books are goofy. This one is very good and doubles nicely as a hackers operating systems text.

Web Application Hackers Handbook

Very nice overview for web concerns.

--Operating Systems-:

Operating System Design and Implementation

I don't agree with Tanenbaum's views on micro vs. monolithic kernels but this book is a great mix of theory and implementation.

Linux Kernel Devleopment

I used this to get a feel for the monolithic implementations of topics covered by Tanenbaum.


TCP/IP Illustrated Series. More than you would ever want to know.