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    Sep 20, 2006
    What is "kernel_task"?
    What is this? It uses up a lot of RAM. Do I need it? Can I get rid of it?

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    May 22, 2005
    Closer than you think.
    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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    Hamilton College
    Basically the Kernel is the you can't close it
    Don't forget to use the new User Reputation System

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    Oct 27, 2006
    You can get rid of it buy shutting down your Mac... :spook:

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