The core part of an operating system, responsible for managing resource allocation.

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What is a Kernel Panic and what does it mean?

I have this report: Anonymous UUID: 84DCCF22-1516-5255-9602-7222ECDA9095 Tue Aug 11 20:26:13 2015 *** Panic Report *** panic(cpu 2 caller 0xffffff8028bc1cde): "launchd died\nState at Last ...
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How to investigate high kernel task memory usage?

I was using my MBP (with 16GB of RAM) as usual and out of blue I've this popup that: Your system has run out of application memory. To avoid problems with your computer, quit any applications ...
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How to disable the SpeedStep when using MacBook Pro without a battery?

First of all, the specs: MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011) OS X 10.9.1 (Mavericks) 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 8 GB RAM The Problem Recently, my battery randomly died and I had to disconnect it, ...
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What exactly does kernel_task do?

I'd just like to know what it is that kernel_task is responsible for. Also, what's an acceptable maximum RAM and CPU use for it?
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Insanely high kernel RAM usage (over 9GB) in Mavericks

I upgraded to Mavericks yesterday, and everything seemed to go fine, but today I noticed that my computer was becoming a bit slow. I checked Activity Monitor, and CPU / disk were at normal levels so I ...
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Is integrated VRAM included under `kernel_task` RAM in Activity Monitor?

I was stunned to discover that Mac OS X kernel can consume 750MB of RAM. A few related questions: Is it a problem if kernel_task is routinely above 130MB on mid 2007 white MacBook? kernel_task using ...
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How can I identify files and programs connected to the kernel_task process in Mac OS?

I understand that the kernel_task process is linked to several .kext files found in System/Library/Extensions (and possibly Library/Extensions ?) How can I identify which files are contributing to ...
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How to properly increase ulimit -n on Lion?

I'm trying to download the X-Plane 10 Demo through uTorrent, however I get a "too many open files" error all the time. I can do the alternate download (which takes forever and a day), but I wonder how ...
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Inspecting kernel_task

I have two MacBooks, one with a fresh OS X install and one with an older install. The older one has a kernel_task taking 1.52 GB of RAM. The newer one—416 MB. These aren't identical machines or ...
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My mac has 64-bit EFI, but it only boots with 32-bit kernel

I followed the guide at http://macperformanceguide.com/SnowLeopard-64bit.html to boot into 64-bit mode. I had no problems with the instructions and on the boot screen it says "PAE enabled, 64bit mode ...
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Mountain Lion Screen Freeze

My Mountain Lion is keeps freezing from few weeks, today it freezes/crashed couple of times already. Here is the log before the big freeze (file /var/log/system.log): SIMBL Enabler for Sandboxed ...
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Too Many Open Files

Which command / configuration file controls the open file limits on OS X? Is there a different command for OS X 10.5 / 10.6 / 10.7? The options I explore below are ulimit, sysctl, and launchctl "...
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How to unload kernel modules

When I run kextstat, it gives me a list of the currently loaded kernel modules. How to I go about using the information gathered from this command to unload a kernel module?
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MacBook unusable due to kernel_task

I've disabled hibernation, and removed the sleep image file. I shutdown my Macbook Pro (15" retina), unticked the box to open windows on restart, and started my MacBook again. As soon as I'd logged on ...
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File location of kernel extensions?

Is there an easy way to make the mapping from kernel extension to the file it came from? I can get the list of currently loaded kernel extension via kextstat. This gives me the bundle names, like com....
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What does “Vector 0xdd(TMR)” do and how can I fix a problem that I'm having with it?

I am currently having problems with kernal_task using ~2GB of RAM and looking at what advice exists I ran sysdiagnose and in powermeterics.txt I found that Vector 0xdd(TMR) was doing ~20,000 ...
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How to disable logging to system.log in OS X?

During my time with Yosemite, I've had an innocuous issue that gets logged to system.log non-stop. This question is not about solving the issue. I'd like to stop the chatter, because they're writes ...
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Why doesn't /proc exist in OS X?

What is the reason that /proc does not exist in OS X? I was curious to find file descriptors that a process was using in my Mac. The way I do it in linux is to go in /proc/fd folder of that process. ...
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kernel_task is using 90% CPU, what could be the cause?

I have a 13" MBP late 2009, 2.53 GHz, 4 GB RAM, and on OS X 10.8.3. As soon as I boot up the fans start going at the highest rpm and like I mentioned the kernel_task is always at around 90% when no ...
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Kernel Tasks Swamping processor-2012 13" Retina

Acquired a 13" Retina liquid damaged - Apple Certified Tech. Trying to salvage. Haven't disassembled yet to see the extent of the liquid but it boots and runs. No liquid spill indicators triggered. ...