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SubjectRe: What is for?
> Can anyone give me some ideas and/or reference about I am
> using /arch/i386.
> 1. What is required for?

It is a text file that shows all the symbol values.

> 2. How does the kernel use it?

It doesn't, but other things do: klogd, ksymoops, etc.

> 3. I removed it from one of my systems, and, at least for basic stuff,
> it seems to make no difference.

Until you get an OOPS, then there is no way to know what function
caused it, so it is impossible to fix.

Andrew E. Mileski
Linux Plug-and-Play Kernel Project
XFree86 Matrox Team

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