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Old 7th July 2008
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Default Understanding the FreeBSD kernel


I am new to FreeBSD, but not to *nix systems in general. I have a B.S. in Computer Science, so I had to use Linux in college for several courses. However, I didn't specialize in Systems, but would like to learn more detail about that now.

I'm wondering what is the best way to go about understanding the FreeBSD kernel? I found a book called - 'Design of the UNIX Operating System' by Bach - is that likely the best place to start?

There is a book called - 'Understanding the Linux Kernel' by Bovet and Cesati - but there doesn't seem to be any equivalent for BSD...? That is essentially what I am looking for.

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"The Design and Implementation of FreeBSD Operating System" by McKusick and Neville-Neil is what you want. It's based on FreeBSD 5.2 kernel.
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I have that same Bach book but most of it applies to Unix System V, I think(?) and not BSD. You will find the McKusick book mentioned above to be an excellent book, though.
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These should help get you started:

Help for FreeBSD: Handbook, FAQ, man pages, mailing lists.

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