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AIX Version 4.3 Kernel Extensions and Device Support Programming Concepts

Chapter 4. Kernel Services

Kernel services are routines that provide the runtime kernel environment to programs executing in kernel mode. Kernel extensions call kernel services, which resemble library routines. In contrast, application programs call library routines.

Callers of kernel services execute in kernel mode. They therefore share with the kernel the responsibility for ensuring that system integrity is not compromised.

"System Calls Available to Kernel Extensions" lists the system calls that kernel extensions are allowed to use.

Categories of Kernel Services

Following are the categories of kernel services:

Related Information

Programming in the Kernel Environment Overview.

Block I/O Buffer Cache Kernel Services: Overview.

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