Re: [OT] Re: 2.4.7: wtf is "ksoftirqd_CPU0"

From: Andreas Schwab (
Date: Sun Jul 22 2001 - 10:13:54 EST

"Mike Black" <> writes:

|> Actually -- is it possible (or desirable) to make ALL kernel daemons begin
|> with say "_" or some other special character to distinguish them from
|> userland threads? The "k......d" paradigm is OK but not very distinctive.
|> That way you have a simple line in the kernel docs that says "Any process
|> with a leading _ is a kernel process and should NEVER be killed or otherwise
|> messed with except as noted elsewhere in the docs".
|> Also would make it easy for things like ps, top and other process-aware
|> things to have a really simple "show kernel processes only" option.

Kernel threads can easily be identified by having a zero virtual size.


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