Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General
User Name
Linux - General This Linux forum is for general Linux questions and discussion.
If it is Linux Related and doesn't seem to fit in any other forum then this is the place.


  Search this Thread
Old 03-23-2002, 01:09 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Mar 2002
Posts: 12

Rep: Reputation: 0
What is the name of the UNIX Kernel file loaded into memory?

What is the name of the UNIX Kernel file loaded into memory? It resides on the boot drive...

Is it just "unix", "config", or what?
Old 03-23-2002, 01:39 AM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Jan 2001
Posts: 24,149

Rep: Reputation: 250Reputation: 250Reputation: 250
usually the kernel is named vmlinuz in linux..
the kernel actually loads into the main memory.. i don't think it runs as a process though..

might want to read about kernel, try looking it up on


Last edited by trickykid; 03-23-2002 at 01:55 AM.
Old 03-24-2002, 10:49 AM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: Apr 2001
Location: Plymouth, England.
Distribution: Debian + Ubuntu
Posts: 4,358

Rep: Reputation: 57
Does anyone know why it's called vmlinu[b]z[/i]? I would have thought that ending in an X would have made more sense given the OS's name.
Old 03-24-2002, 02:41 PM   #4
Registered: Nov 2001
Location: London, England
Distribution: Gentoo, FreeBSD
Posts: 590

Rep: Reputation: 30
just a guess, but maybe it's the compressed ones that end in z? (almost all kernel images being compressed these days)


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
cannot find map file. No module symbols loaded - kernel modules not enabled. jjorloff1 Linux - Software 3 01-06-2005 11:02 AM
unix file descriptors versus c FILE pointers nodger Programming 9 11-25-2004 07:02 AM
kernel: No module symbols loaded - kernel modules not enabled. Qucho Debian 9 05-26-2004 02:50 AM
Looking for the file that control what processes are loaded! sjia Linux - Software 1 04-08-2004 12:21 AM
what file is sendmail loaded in? purpleburple Linux - General 2 01-22-2003 06:11 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:16 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration