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LWN: Linux Core Kernel Commentary [Book Review]

Nov 30, 1999, 00:26 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet)

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"The Linux Core Kernel Commentary was patterned on the classic Lions' Commentary on Unix, which was a Unix hacker's resource for years. The Commentary on Unix helped to spread the Unix source - and the Unix way of doing things - when that source was still (at least intended to be) proprietary. The Linux Core Kernel Commentary finds itself in a very different environment; the kernel source is, of course, already widely distributed throughout the world."

"This is a heavy book, weighing in at 575 pages in a large format. Of those pages, 415 go toward printing just under 40,000 lines of source from the 2.2.5 kernel; the remaining 160 pages make up the "commentary" part."

"The source code listing is pretty much what one would expect it to be. Numerous source files from the "core" part of the Linux kernel are printed, all together, with line numbers. One thing the listing lacks desperately is any sort of guide headers on the pages. It's necessary to page backward to the beginning of a source file to find out which file you are actually looking at."

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