Simple question - complicated answers

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at
Wed Sep 26 15:32:09 UTC 2007

jack wrote:
> 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
> impressed.

I think there's also a wall poster available of the linux kernel mapping 
out various source files and how they are related to one another.

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