Linux Kernel Module Management 101
Jan 13, 2011, 14:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The Linux kernel allows drivers and features to be compiled as
modules rather than as part of the kernel itself. This means that
users can often change features in the kernel or add drivers
without recompiling, and that the Linux kernel doesn't have to
carry a lot of unnecessary baggage. Want to learn how to manage
your modules? It's easy to do, just keep reading.
"In this tutorial, we'll walk through the steps of seeing what's
already loaded in the running kernel, and adding and removing
modules from the kernel. What's Loaded?
"The first utilities that you'll want to get to know are lsmod
and modinfo. Open a terminal and run lsmod. Note that you won't
need to use sudo or log in as root just to probe the modules in the
"You'll see output like this when you use lsmod:"