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Creating a UEFI Rescue DVD

In this post, I demonstate one way of creating a UEFI Rescue DVD called URD (UEFI Rescue DVD).

Out of Memory Killer

I am logged in on pts/1 and using the Bash shell. As shown below, associated with my Bash shell process are three pseudo-files in procfs whose names start with oom. This post discusses the purpose of these files. # ps PID TTY TIME CMD 1688 pts/1 00:00:00 ps 10290 pts/1 00:00:00 sudo 10291 pts/1 00:00:00 su 10294 pts/1 00:00:00 bash # ls -l /proc/10294/oom* -rw-r–r–. 1 root root 0 Dec 26 17:13 /proc/10294/oom_adj -r–r–r–. 1 root root 0 Dec 26 17:13 /proc/10294/oom_score -rw-r–r–. 1 root root 0 Dec 26 17:13 /proc/10294/oom_score_adj # cat /proc/10294/oom_score 0 It turns out that these

Decompiling ACPI Tables

Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) is a specification which defines platform-independent interfaces for hardware discovery, configuration, power management and monitoring. It was initially developed by Intel, Microsoft and Toshiba in 1996 and revised regularly since then. In early 2013, stewardship of the specification was transferred to the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface Forum (UEFI). The latest version of the specification is 5.1 which was released in July 2014. The functional areas of the ACPI specification include: System power management Device power management Processor power management Configuration / Plug and Play System Events Battery management Thermal management Embedded controllers SMBus controller