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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 system.

"You'll see output like this when you use lsmod:"

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