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OS 10.4 - What is "kernel_task"?


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What is this? It uses up a lot of RAM. Do I need it? Can I get rid of it?
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The kernel uses a single task - the kernel task - with multiple threads that perform kernel operations such as scheduling, thread reaping, callout management, paging and Unix exception handling. Thus xnu is a monolithic kernel containing markedly different components such as Mach, BSD, and the I/O Kit, all running as gorups of threads in a single task in the same address space.

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Basically the Kernel is the OS...so you can't close it

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You can get rid of it buy shutting down your Mac... :spook:
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