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2	This is a brief list of all the files in ./linux/Documentation and what
3	they contain. If you add a documentation file, please list it here in
4	alphabetical order as well, or risk being hunted down like a rabid dog.
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10	   - Japanese, maintained by the JF Project (jf@listserv.linux.or.jp), at
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13	00-INDEX
14		- this file.
15	ABI/
16		- info on kernel <-> userspace ABI and relative interface stability.
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18	BUG-HUNTING
19		- brute force method of doing binary search of patches to find bug.
20	Changes
21		- list of changes that break older software packages.
22	CodingStyle
23		- how the maintainers expect the C code in the kernel to look.
24	DMA-API.txt
25		- DMA API, pci_ API & extensions for non-consistent memory machines.
26	DMA-API-HOWTO.txt
27		- Dynamic DMA mapping Guide
28	DMA-ISA-LPC.txt
29		- How to do DMA with ISA (and LPC) devices.
30	DMA-attributes.txt
31		- listing of the various possible attributes a DMA region can have
32	dmatest.txt
33		- how to compile, configure and use the dmatest system.
34	DocBook/
35		- directory with DocBook templates etc. for kernel documentation.
36	EDID/
37		- directory with info on customizing EDID for broken gfx/displays.
38	HOWTO
39		- the process and procedures of how to do Linux kernel development.
40	IPMI.txt
41		- info on Linux Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) Driver.
42	IRQ-affinity.txt
43		- how to select which CPU(s) handle which interrupt events on SMP.
44	IRQ-domain.txt
45		- info on interrupt numbering and setting up IRQ domains.
46	IRQ.txt
47		- description of what an IRQ is.
48	Intel-IOMMU.txt
49		- basic info on the Intel IOMMU virtualization support.
50	Makefile
51		- some files in Documentation dir are actually sample code to build
52	ManagementStyle
53		- how to (attempt to) manage kernel hackers.
54	RCU/
55		- directory with info on RCU (read-copy update).
56	SAK.txt
57		- info on Secure Attention Keys.
58	SM501.txt
59		- Silicon Motion SM501 multimedia companion chip
60	SecurityBugs
61		- procedure for reporting security bugs found in the kernel.
62	SubmitChecklist
63		- Linux kernel patch submission checklist.
64	SubmittingDrivers
65		- procedure to get a new driver source included into the kernel tree.
66	SubmittingPatches
67		- procedure to get a source patch included into the kernel tree.
68	VGA-softcursor.txt
69		- how to change your VGA cursor from a blinking underscore.
70	accounting/
71		- documentation on accounting and taskstats.
72	acpi/
73		- info on ACPI-specific hooks in the kernel.
74	aoe/
75		- description of AoE (ATA over Ethernet) along with config examples.
76	applying-patches.txt
77		- description of various trees and how to apply their patches.
78	arm/
79		- directory with info about Linux on the ARM architecture.
80	arm64/
81		- directory with info about Linux on the 64 bit ARM architecture.
82	assoc_array.txt
83		- generic associative array intro.
84	atomic_ops.txt
85		- semantics and behavior of atomic and bitmask operations.
86	auxdisplay/
87		- misc. LCD driver documentation (cfag12864b, ks0108).
88	backlight/
89		- directory with info on controlling backlights in flat panel displays
90	bad_memory.txt
91		- how to use kernel parameters to exclude bad RAM regions.
92	basic_profiling.txt
93		- basic instructions for those who wants to profile Linux kernel.
94	bcache.txt
95		- Block-layer cache on fast SSDs to improve slow (raid) I/O performance.
96	binfmt_misc.txt
97		- info on the kernel support for extra binary formats.
98	blackfin/
99		- directory with documentation for the Blackfin arch.
100	block/
101		- info on the Block I/O (BIO) layer.
102	blockdev/
103		- info on block devices & drivers
104	braille-console.txt
105		- info on how to use serial devices for Braille support.
106	bt8xxgpio.txt
107		- info on how to modify a bt8xx video card for GPIO usage.
108	btmrvl.txt
109		- info on Marvell Bluetooth driver usage.
110	bus-devices/
111		- directory with info on TI GPMC (General Purpose Memory Controller)
112	bus-virt-phys-mapping.txt
113		- how to access I/O mapped memory from within device drivers.
114	cachetlb.txt
115		- describes the cache/TLB flushing interfaces Linux uses.
116	cdrom/
117		- directory with information on the CD-ROM drivers that Linux has.
118	cgroups/
119		- cgroups features, including cpusets and memory controller.
120	circular-buffers.txt
121		- how to make use of the existing circular buffer infrastructure
122	clk.txt
123		- info on the common clock framework
124	coccinelle.txt
125		- info on how to get and use the Coccinelle code checking tool.
126	connector/
127		- docs on the netlink based userspace<->kernel space communication mod.
128	console/
129		- documentation on Linux console drivers.
130	cpu-freq/
131		- info on CPU frequency and voltage scaling.
132	cpu-hotplug.txt
133		- document describing CPU hotplug support in the Linux kernel.
134	cpu-load.txt
135		- document describing how CPU load statistics are collected.
136	cpuidle/
137		- info on CPU_IDLE, CPU idle state management subsystem.
138	cputopology.txt
139		- documentation on how CPU topology info is exported via sysfs.
140	crc32.txt
141		- brief tutorial on CRC computation
142	cris/
143		- directory with info about Linux on CRIS architecture.
144	crypto/
145		- directory with info on the Crypto API.
146	dcdbas.txt
147		- information on the Dell Systems Management Base Driver.
148	debugging-modules.txt
149		- some notes on debugging modules after Linux 2.6.3.
150	debugging-via-ohci1394.txt
151		- how to use firewire like a hardware debugger memory reader.
152	dell_rbu.txt
153		- document demonstrating the use of the Dell Remote BIOS Update driver.
154	development-process/
155		- how to work with the mainline kernel development process.
156	device-mapper/
157		- directory with info on Device Mapper.
158	devices.txt
159		- plain ASCII listing of all the nodes in /dev/ with major minor #'s.
160	devicetree/
161		- directory with info on device tree files used by OF/PowerPC/ARM
162	digsig.txt
163		-info on the Digital Signature Verification API
164	dma-buf-sharing.txt
165		- the DMA Buffer Sharing API Guide
166	dmaengine.txt
167		-the DMA Engine API Guide
168	dontdiff
169		- file containing a list of files that should never be diff'ed.
170	driver-model/
171		- directory with info about Linux driver model.
172	dvb/
173		- info on Linux Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) subsystem.
174	dynamic-debug-howto.txt
175		- how to use the dynamic debug (dyndbg) feature.
176	early-userspace/
177		- info about initramfs, klibc, and userspace early during boot.
178	edac.txt
179		- information on EDAC - Error Detection And Correction
180	efi-stub.txt
181		- How to use the EFI boot stub to bypass GRUB or elilo on EFI systems.
182	eisa.txt
183		- info on EISA bus support.
184	email-clients.txt
185		- info on how to use e-mail to send un-mangled (git) patches.
186	extcon/
187		- directory with porting guide for Android kernel switch driver.
188	fault-injection/
189		- dir with docs about the fault injection capabilities infrastructure.
190	fb/
191		- directory with info on the frame buffer graphics abstraction layer.
192	filesystems/
193		- info on the vfs and the various filesystems that Linux supports.
194	firmware_class/
195		- request_firmware() hotplug interface info.
196	flexible-arrays.txt
197		- how to make use of flexible sized arrays in linux
198	fmc/
199		- information about the FMC bus abstraction
200	frv/
201		- Fujitsu FR-V Linux documentation.
202	futex-requeue-pi.txt
203		- info on requeueing of tasks from a non-PI futex to a PI futex
204	gcov.txt
205		- use of GCC's coverage testing tool "gcov" with the Linux kernel
206	gpio/
207		- gpio related documentation
208	hid/
209		- directory with information on human interface devices
210	highuid.txt
211		- notes on the change from 16 bit to 32 bit user/group IDs.
212	hwspinlock.txt
213		- hardware spinlock provides hardware assistance for synchronization
214	timers/
215		- info on the timer related topics
216	hw_random.txt
217		- info on Linux support for random number generator in i8xx chipsets.
218	hwmon/
219		- directory with docs on various hardware monitoring drivers.
220	i2c/
221		- directory with info about the I2C bus/protocol (2 wire, kHz speed).
222	i2o/
223		- directory with info about the Linux I2O subsystem.
224	x86/i386/
225		- directory with info about Linux on Intel 32 bit architecture.
226	ia64/
227		- directory with info about Linux on Intel 64 bit architecture.
228	infiniband/
229		- directory with documents concerning Linux InfiniBand support.
230	init.txt
231		- what to do when the kernel can't find the 1st process to run.
232	initrd.txt
233		- how to use the RAM disk as an initial/temporary root filesystem.
234	input/
235		- info on Linux input device support.
236	intel_txt.txt
237		- info on intel Trusted Execution Technology (intel TXT).
238	io-mapping.txt
239		- description of io_mapping functions in linux/io-mapping.h
240	io_ordering.txt
241		- info on ordering I/O writes to memory-mapped addresses.
242	ioctl/
243		- directory with documents describing various IOCTL calls.
244	iostats.txt
245		- info on I/O statistics Linux kernel provides.
246	irqflags-tracing.txt
247		- how to use the irq-flags tracing feature.
248	isapnp.txt
249		- info on Linux ISA Plug & Play support.
250	isdn/
251		- directory with info on the Linux ISDN support, and supported cards.
252	java.txt
253		- info on the in-kernel binary support for Java(tm).
254	ja_JP/
255		- directory with Japanese translations of various documents
256	kbuild/
257		- directory with info about the kernel build process.
258	kdump/
259		- directory with mini HowTo on getting the crash dump code to work.
260	kernel-doc-nano-HOWTO.txt
261		- mini HowTo on generation and location of kernel documentation files.
262	kernel-docs.txt
263		- listing of various WWW + books that document kernel internals.
264	kernel-parameters.txt
265		- summary listing of command line / boot prompt args for the kernel.
266	kernel-per-CPU-kthreads.txt
267		- List of all per-CPU kthreads and how they introduce jitter.
268	kmemcheck.txt
269		- info on dynamic checker that detects uses of uninitialized memory.
270	kmemleak.txt
271		- info on how to make use of the kernel memory leak detection system
272	ko_KR/
273		- directory with Korean translations of various documents
274	kobject.txt
275		- info of the kobject infrastructure of the Linux kernel.
276	kprobes.txt
277		- documents the kernel probes debugging feature.
278	kref.txt
279		- docs on adding reference counters (krefs) to kernel objects.
280	laptops/
281		- directory with laptop related info and laptop driver documentation.
282	ldm.txt
283		- a brief description of LDM (Windows Dynamic Disks).
284	leds/
285		- directory with info about LED handling under Linux.
286	local_ops.txt
287		- semantics and behavior of local atomic operations.
288	lockdep-design.txt
289		- documentation on the runtime locking correctness validator.
290	lockstat.txt
291		- info on collecting statistics on locks (and contention).
292	lockup-watchdogs.txt
293		- info on soft and hard lockup detectors (aka nmi_watchdog).
294	logo.gif
295		- full colour GIF image of Linux logo (penguin - Tux).
296	logo.txt
297		- info on creator of above logo & site to get additional images from.
298	m68k/
299		- directory with info about Linux on Motorola 68k architecture.
300	magic-number.txt
301		- list of magic numbers used to mark/protect kernel data structures.
302	md.txt
303		- info on boot arguments for the multiple devices driver.
304	media-framework.txt
305		- info on media framework, its data structures, functions and usage.
306	memory-barriers.txt
307		- info on Linux kernel memory barriers.
308	memory-devices/
309		- directory with info on parts like the Texas Instruments EMIF driver
310	memory-hotplug.txt
311		- Hotpluggable memory support, how to use and current status.
312	metag/
313		- directory with info about Linux on Meta architecture.
314	mips/
315		- directory with info about Linux on MIPS architecture.
316	misc-devices/
317		- directory with info about devices using the misc dev subsystem
318	mmc/
319		- directory with info about the MMC subsystem
320	mn10300/
321		- directory with info about the mn10300 architecture port
322	module-signing.txt
323		- Kernel module signing for increased security when loading modules.
324	mtd/
325		- directory with info about memory technology devices (flash)
326	mono.txt
327		- how to execute Mono-based .NET binaries with the help of BINFMT_MISC.
328	mutex-design.txt
329		- info on the generic mutex subsystem.
330	namespaces/
331		- directory with various information about namespaces
332	netlabel/
333		- directory with information on the NetLabel subsystem.
334	networking/
335		- directory with info on various aspects of networking with Linux.
336	nfc/
337		- directory relating info about Near Field Communications support.
338	nommu-mmap.txt
339		- documentation about no-mmu memory mapping support.
340	numastat.txt
341		- info on how to read Numa policy hit/miss statistics in sysfs.
342	oops-tracing.txt
343		- how to decode those nasty internal kernel error dump messages.
344	padata.txt
345		- An introduction to the "padata" parallel execution API
346	parisc/
347		- directory with info on using Linux on PA-RISC architecture.
348	parport.txt
349		- how to use the parallel-port driver.
350	parport-lowlevel.txt
351		- description and usage of the low level parallel port functions.
352	pcmcia/
353		- info on the Linux PCMCIA driver.
354	percpu-rw-semaphore.txt
355		- RCU based read-write semaphore optimized for locking for reading
356	phy.txt
357		- Description of the generic PHY framework.
358	pi-futex.txt
359		- documentation on lightweight priority inheritance futexes.
360	pinctrl.txt
361		- info on pinctrl subsystem and the PINMUX/PINCONF and drivers
362	pnp.txt
363		- Linux Plug and Play documentation.
364	power/
365		- directory with info on Linux PCI power management.
366	powerpc/
367		- directory with info on using Linux with the PowerPC.
368	prctl/
369		- directory with info on the priveledge control subsystem
370	preempt-locking.txt
371		- info on locking under a preemptive kernel.
372	printk-formats.txt
373		- how to get printk format specifiers right
374	pps/
375		- directory with information on the pulse-per-second support
376	ptp/
377		- directory with info on support for IEEE 1588 PTP clocks in Linux.
378	pwm.txt
379		- info on the pulse width modulation driver subsystem
380	ramoops.txt
381		- documentation of the ramoops oops/panic logging module.
382	rapidio/
383		- directory with info on RapidIO packet-based fabric interconnect
384	rbtree.txt
385		- info on what red-black trees are and what they are for.
386	remoteproc.txt
387		- info on how to handle remote processor (e.g. AMP) offloads/usage.
388	rfkill.txt
389		- info on the radio frequency kill switch subsystem/support.
390	robust-futex-ABI.txt
391		- documentation of the robust futex ABI.
392	robust-futexes.txt
393		- a description of what robust futexes are.
394	rpmsg.txt
395		- info on the Remote Processor Messaging (rpmsg) Framework
396	rt-mutex-design.txt
397		- description of the RealTime mutex implementation design.
398	rt-mutex.txt
399		- desc. of RT-mutex subsystem with PI (Priority Inheritance) support.
400	rtc.txt
401		- notes on how to use the Real Time Clock (aka CMOS clock) driver.
402	s390/
403		- directory with info on using Linux on the IBM S390.
404	scheduler/
405		- directory with info on the scheduler.
406	scsi/
407		- directory with info on Linux scsi support.
408	security/
409		- directory that contains security-related info
410	serial/
411		- directory with info on the low level serial API.
412	serial-console.txt
413		- how to set up Linux with a serial line console as the default.
414	sgi-ioc4.txt
415		- description of the SGI IOC4 PCI (multi function) device.
416	sh/
417		- directory with info on porting Linux to a new architecture.
418	smsc_ece1099.txt
419		-info on the smsc Keyboard Scan Expansion/GPIO Expansion device.
420	sound/
421		- directory with info on sound card support.
422	sparse.txt
423		- info on how to obtain and use the sparse tool for typechecking.
424	spi/
425		- overview of Linux kernel Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) support.
426	spinlocks.txt
427		- info on using spinlocks to provide exclusive access in kernel.
428	stable_api_nonsense.txt
429		- info on why the kernel does not have a stable in-kernel api or abi.
430	stable_kernel_rules.txt
431		- rules and procedures for the -stable kernel releases.
432	static-keys.txt
433		- info on how static keys allow debug code in hotpaths via patching
434	svga.txt
435		- short guide on selecting video modes at boot via VGA BIOS.
436	sysfs-rules.txt
437		- How not to use sysfs.
438	sysctl/
439		- directory with info on the /proc/sys/* files.
440	sysrq.txt
441		- info on the magic SysRq key.
442	target/
443		- directory with info on generating TCM v4 fabric .ko modules
444	this_cpu_ops.txt
445		- List rationale behind and the way to use this_cpu operations.
446	thermal/
447		- directory with information on managing thermal issues (CPU/temp)
448	trace/
449		- directory with info on tracing technologies within linux
450	unaligned-memory-access.txt
451		- info on how to avoid arch breaking unaligned memory access in code.
452	unicode.txt
453		- info on the Unicode character/font mapping used in Linux.
454	unshare.txt
455		- description of the Linux unshare system call.
456	usb/
457		- directory with info regarding the Universal Serial Bus.
458	vDSO/
459		- directory with info regarding virtual dynamic shared objects
460	vfio.txt
461		- info on Virtual Function I/O used in guest/hypervisor instances.
462	vgaarbiter.txt
463		- info on enable/disable the legacy decoding on different VGA devices
464	video-output.txt
465		- sysfs class driver interface to enable/disable a video output device.
466	video4linux/
467		- directory with info regarding video/TV/radio cards and linux.
468	virtual/
469		- directory with information on the various linux virtualizations.
470	vm/
471		- directory with info on the Linux vm code.
472	vme_api.txt
473		- file relating info on the VME bus API in linux
474	volatile-considered-harmful.txt
475		- Why the "volatile" type class should not be used
476	w1/
477		- directory with documents regarding the 1-wire (w1) subsystem.
478	watchdog/
479		- how to auto-reboot Linux if it has "fallen and can't get up". ;-)
480	wimax/
481		- directory with info about Intel Wireless Wimax Connections
482	workqueue.txt
483		- information on the Concurrency Managed Workqueue implementation
484	ww-mutex-design.txt
485		- Intro to Mutex wait/would deadlock handling.s
486	x86/x86_64/
487		- directory with info on Linux support for AMD x86-64 (Hammer) machines.
488	xtensa/
489		- directory with documents relating to arch/xtensa port/implementation
490	xz.txt
491		- how to make use of the XZ data compression within linux kernel
492	zh_CN/
493		- directory with Chinese translations of various documents
494	zorro.txt
495		- info on writing drivers for Zorro bus devices found on Amigas.
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