Simple question - complicated answers

jack jdangler at
Wed Sep 26 15:29:25 UTC 2007

You're likely to get a few different answers to this question...
If you want to "see what the kernel looks like" in my book, downloaded
kernel-sources, then go into the src directory.  All of the code which
compiles into a Linux kernel is there.

If you mean "what does the binary" look like, then get ready for an
interesting view...
get the linuz/linux/whatever you named it file in /boot, and open it in
a binary/hex editor, or you can use adb or sdb.  Unless you "read"
kernels as a twisted hobby, or do it for a living, you won't be

Is there some particular thing you're looking for, or just curious?

On Wed, 2007-09-26 at 11:05 -0400, alex wrote:
> It's a little maddening to get answers  that dance all around a simple
> question.
> There's tons of information out there about the kernel and how to do
> things with it but all
> I want to do is see what the kernel looks like.
> Where can I take a look at the kernel?    Isn't there a direct path to
> it?
> alex
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