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+This is a brief list of all the files in ./linux/Documentation and what
+they contain. If you add a documentation file, please list it here in
+alphabetical order as well, or risk being hunted down like a rabid dog.
+Please try and keep the descriptions small enough to fit on one line.
+ Thanks -- Paul G.
+Following translations are available on the WWW:
+ - Japanese, maintained by the JF Project (, at
+ - this file.
+ - info on kernel <-> userspace ABI and relative interface stability.
+ - brute force method of doing binary search of patches to find bug.
+ - list of changes that break older software packages.
+ - how the boss likes the C code in the kernel to look.
+ - An extended tutorial on how to work with the kernel development
+ process.
+ - DMA API, pci_ API & extensions for non-consistent memory machines.
+ - How to do DMA with ISA (and LPC) devices.
+ - directory with DocBook templates etc. for kernel documentation.
+ - the process and procedures of how to do Linux kernel development.
+ - how to access I/O mapped memory from within device drivers.
+ - info on Linux Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) Driver.
+ - how to select which CPU(s) handle which interrupt events on SMP.
+ - description of what an IRQ is.
+ - how to (attempt to) manage kernel hackers.
+ - directory with info on RCU (read-copy update).
+ - info on Secure Attention Keys.
+ - Silicon Motion SM501 multimedia companion chip
+ - procedure for reporting security bugs found in the kernel.
+ - Linux kernel patch submission checklist.
+ - procedure to get a new driver source included into the kernel tree.
+ - procedure to get a source patch included into the kernel tree.
+ - how to change your VGA cursor from a blinking underscore.
+ - documentation on accounting and taskstats.
+ - info on ACPI-specific hooks in the kernel.
+ - description of AoE (ATA over Ethernet) along with config examples.
+ - description of various trees and how to apply their patches.
+ - directory with info about Linux on the ARM architecture.
+ - semantics and behavior of atomic and bitmask operations.
+ - misc. LCD driver documentation (cfag12864b, ks0108).
+ - basic instructions for those who wants to profile Linux kernel.
+ - info on the kernel support for extra binary formats.
+ - directory with documentation for the Blackfin arch.
+ - info on the Block I/O (BIO) layer.
+ - info on block devices & drivers
+ - info on Marvell Bluetooth driver usage.
+ - describes the cache/TLB flushing interfaces Linux uses.
+ - directory with information on the CD-ROM drivers that Linux has.
+ - cgroups features, including cpusets and memory controller.
+ - docs on the netlink based userspace<->kernel space communication mod.
+ - documentation on Linux console drivers.
+ - info on CPU frequency and voltage scaling.
+ - document describing CPU hotplug support in the Linux kernel.
+ - document describing how CPU load statistics are collected.
+ - info on CPU_IDLE, CPU idle state management subsystem.
+ - documentation on how CPU topology info is exported via sysfs.
+ - directory with info about Linux on CRIS architecture.
+ - directory with info on the Crypto API.
+ - information on the Dell Systems Management Base Driver.
+ - some notes on debugging modules after Linux 2.6.3.
+ - document demonstrating the use of the Dell Remote BIOS Update driver.
+ - directory with info on Device Mapper.
+ - plain ASCII listing of all the nodes in /dev/ with major minor #'s.
+ - file containing a list of files that should never be diff'ed.
+ - directory with info about Linux driver model.
+ - info on Linux Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) subsystem.
+ - info about initramfs, klibc, and userspace early during boot.
+ - information on EDAC - Error Detection And Correction
+ - info on EISA bus support.
+ - how Linux v2.2 handles exceptions without verify_area etc.
+ - dir with docs about the fault injection capabilities infrastructure.
+ - directory with info on the frame buffer graphics abstraction layer.
+ - list of files and features that are going to be removed.
+ - info on the vfs and the various filesystems that Linux supports.
+ - request_firmware() hotplug interface info.
+ - Fujitsu FR-V Linux documentation.
+ - overview of GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) access conventions.
+ - notes on the change from 16 bit to 32 bit user/group IDs.
+ - info on the timer related topics
+ - info on Linux support for random number generator in i8xx chipsets.
+ - directory with docs on various hardware monitoring drivers.
+ - directory with info about the I2C bus/protocol (2 wire, kHz speed).
+ - directory with info about the Linux I2O subsystem.
+ - directory with info about Linux on Intel 32 bit architecture.
+ - directory with info about Linux on Intel 64 bit architecture.
+ - directory with documents concerning Linux InfiniBand support.
+ - how to use the RAM disk as an initial/temporary root filesystem.
+ - info on Linux input device support.
+ - info on ordering I/O writes to memory-mapped addresses.
+ - directory with documents describing various IOCTL calls.
+ - info on I/O statistics Linux kernel provides.
+ - how to use the irq-flags tracing feature.
+ - info on Linux ISA Plug & Play support.
+ - directory with info on the Linux ISDN support, and supported cards.
+ - info on the in-kernel binary support for Java(tm).
+ - directory with info about the kernel build process.
+ - directory with mini HowTo on getting the crash dump code to work.
+ - mini HowTo on generation and location of kernel documentation files.
+ - listing of various WWW + books that document kernel internals.
+ - summary listing of command line / boot prompt args for the kernel.
+ - description of the kernel key request service.
+ - description of the kernel key retention service.
+ - info of the kobject infrastructure of the Linux kernel.
+ - documents the kernel probes debugging feature.
+ - docs on adding reference counters (krefs) to kernel objects.
+ - directory with laptop related info and laptop driver documentation.
+ - a brief description of LDM (Windows Dynamic Disks).
+ - documents LED handling under Linux.
+ - semantics and behavior of local atomic operations.
+ - documentation on the runtime locking correctness validator.
+ - full colour GIF image of Linux logo (penguin - Tux).
+ - info on creator of above logo & site to get additional images from.
+ - directory with info about Linux on Motorola 68k architecture.
+ - list of magic numbers used to mark/protect kernel data structures.
+ - info on supporting Micro Channel Architecture (e.g. PS/2) systems.
+ - info on boot arguments for the multiple devices driver.
+ - info on Linux kernel memory barriers.
+ - Hotpluggable memory support, how to use and current status.
+ - info on typical Linux memory problems.
+ - directory with info about Linux on MIPS architecture.
+ - how to execute Mono-based .NET binaries with the help of BINFMT_MISC.
+ - info on the generic mutex subsystem.
+ - directory with various information about namespaces
+ - directory with information on the NetLabel subsystem.
+ - directory with info on various aspects of networking with Linux.
+ - info on NMI watchdog for SMP systems.
+ - documentation about no-mmu memory mapping support.
+ - info on how to read Numa policy hit/miss statistics in sysfs.
+ - how to decode those nasty internal kernel error dump messages.
+ - directory with info on using Linux on PA-RISC architecture.
+ - how to use the parallel-port driver.
+ - description and usage of the low level parallel port functions.
+ - info on the Linux PCMCIA driver.
+ - documentation on lightweight PI-futexes.
+ - Linux Plug and Play documentation.
+ - directory with info on Linux PCI power management.
+ - directory with info on using Linux with the PowerPC.
+ - info on locking under a preemptive kernel.
+ - how to get printk format specifiers right
+ - info on radix-priority-search-tree use for indexing vmas.
+ - info on what red-black trees are and what they are for.
+ - documentation of the robust futex ABI.
+ - a description of what robust futexes are.
+ - description of the RealTime mutex implementation design.
+ - desc. of RT-mutex subsystem with PI (Priority Inheritance) support.
+ - notes on how to use the Real Time Clock (aka CMOS clock) driver.
+ - directory with info on using Linux on the IBM S390.
+ - directory with info on the scheduler.
+ - directory with info on Linux scsi support.
+ - directory with info on the low level serial API.
+ - how to set up Linux with a serial line console as the default.
+ - description of the SGI IOC4 PCI (multi function) device.
+ - short blurb on the SGI Visual Workstations.
+ - directory with info on porting Linux to a new architecture.
+ - directory with info on sound card support.
+ - directory with info on using Linux on Sparc architecture.
+ - info on how to obtain and use the sparse tool for typechecking.
+ - overview of Linux kernel Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) support.
+ - info on using spinlocks to provide exclusive access in kernel.
+ - info on why the kernel does not have a stable in-kernel api or abi.
+ - rules and procedures for the -stable kernel releases.
+ - short guide on selecting video modes at boot via VGA BIOS.
+ - How not to use sysfs.
+ - directory with info on the /proc/sys/* files.
+ - info on the magic SysRq key.
+ - directory with info on telephony (e.g. voice over IP) support.
+ - info on time interpolators.
+ - directory with information about User Mode Linux.
+ - info on the Unicode character/font mapping used in Linux.
+ - description of the Linux unshare system call.
+ - directory with info regarding the Universal Serial Bus.
+ - sysfs class driver interface to enable/disable a video output device.
+ - directory with info regarding video/TV/radio cards and linux.
+ - directory with info on the Linux vm code.
+ - Why the "volatile" type class should not be used
+ - guide to running Linux on the Voyager architecture.
+ - directory with documents regarding the 1-wire (w1) subsystem.
+ - how to auto-reboot Linux if it has "fallen and can't get up". ;-)
+ - directory with info on Linux support for AMD x86-64 (Hammer) machines.
+ - info on writing drivers for Zorro bus devices found on Amigas.
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