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Linux kernel oops

In computing, an oops is a deviation from correct behavior of the Linux

kernel, one that produces a certain error log. The better-known kernel panic
condition results from many kinds of oops, but other instances of an oops
event may allow continued operation with compromised reliability. The term
does not stand for anything, other than that it is a simple mistake.

When the kernel detects a problem, it kills any offending processes and prints
an oops message, which Linux kernel engineers can use in debugging the
condition that created the oops and fixing the underlying programming error.
After a system has experienced an oops, some internal resources may no
longer be operational. Thus, even if the system appears to work correctly, Linux kernel oops on SPARC
undesirable side effects may have resulted from the active task being killed. A
kernel oops often leads to a kernel panic when the system attempts to use
resources that have been lost.

The official Linux kernel documentation regarding oops messages resides in the file
Documentation/admin-guide/bug-hunting.rst of the kernel
sources. Some logger configurations may affect the ability to collect oops
messages.[2] The kerneloops software can collect and submit kernel oopses to a
repository such as the www.kerneloops.org website,[3] which provides statistics and
public access to reported oopses.

For a person not familiar with technical details of computers and operating systems,
an oops message might look confusing. Unlike other operating systems such as
Windows or macOS, Linux chooses to present details explaining the crash of the Linux kernel oops on PA-RISC with a
kernel rather than display a simplified, user-friendly message. dead ASCII cow

See also
Further reading
External links

See also
kdump (Linux) – Linux kernel's crash dump mechanism, which internally useskexec
System.map – contains mappings between symbol names and their addresses in memory
, used to interpret oopses

1. "bug-hunting" (https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/admin-guide/bug-hunting.rst). kernel.org.
2. "DevDocs/KernelOops"(http://madwifi-project.org/wiki/DevDocs/KernelOops)
. madwifi-project.org.
3. "kerneloops(8) - Linux man page"(http://linux.die.net/man/8/kerneloops).
Further reading
Linux Device Drivers, 3rd edition, Chapter 4.
John Bradford (2003-03-08)."Re: what's an OOPS". LKML (Mailing list). Archived fromthe original on 2007-03-10.
Retrieved 2006-05-22.
Szakacsits Szabolcs (2003-03-08)."Re: what's an OOPS". LKML (Mailing list). Archived fromthe original on 2007-
03-13. Retrieved 2006-05-22.
Al Viro (2008-01-14). "OOPS report analysis". LKML (Mailing list). Retrieved 2008-01-14.
Kernel Oops Howto (the madwifi project)Useful information on configuration files and tools to help display oops
messages. Also lots of other links.

External links
oops.kernel.org, a public service collecting kernel oops reports

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