What is kernel panic?
Someone mentioned kernel panic in another thread. What is it exactly? Does the kernel get scared and run away? Where did the term come from?
Yes, the kernel gets scared and runs away.
Actually it's Colonel Panic. He fights crime with General Apathy.
...and tries to head off Major Disaster.
Steve Jones (UK)
I got it from some linux site and I understood as a situation where the kernel doesn't know what to do in unknown/un-foreseen situations (BSOD).
I thought it was an old term for a crash of Unix itself.
The exception handler throws an exception?
If an application does something that results in an error, the offending process gets killed and the kernel recovers.
When you get a panic, you can trace it down to the offending code:
Don't forget the third member of the team, Corporal Punishment.
And for comic relief, Master Baiter
don't forget about The General.
Damnit, that would have made a much better joke.
Well, I wonder if it just might depend who decided to output that. I recently had to change a battery on a RAQ server from Sun. Little did I know that this was not your ordinary PC (well I know that). When the battery was taken out (it was not bad ... the stupid software that Sun has just said it was) all memory gone so when rebooting it wanted to reboot from the network but there was not network to boot from so it said "kernel panic". Oh yeah. Idiotic. I had to tell it to boot from the hard drive and suddenly no kernel panic or anything.
Major Woody abuses his Privates.
Does Apple OS-X do a core dump?
mac: yes, why not?
In Linux the kernel panic results in the three lights on the keyboard blinking (caps/scroll/num lock lights). It could be thought of as a crash, but it's actually possible to recover and go back to normal if you know what you are doing. Also if you have the right options compiled into your kernel and software to interact with them installed onto your system. I'm not an expert but I've seen my friend do it.
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