This article covers the various methods for operating with kernel modules.
For a module to be recognized as such, it has to be compiled as a module in the kernel configuration (the line related to the module will therefore display the letter M).
The Template:Codeline command handles the addition and removal of modules from the Linux kernel.
The Template:Filename directory can be used to pass module settings to udev, which will use Template:Codeline to manage the loading of the modules during system boot. You can use configuration files with any name in the directory, given that they end with the Template:Filename extension. It is not recommended to use the Template:Filename file, since it will be likely deprecated in the future (see Template:Codeline).
To manually load (or add) a module, run:
# modprobe module_name
For informations on loading modules automatically at system boot, see rc.conf.
Occasionally you could need to remove (or unload) a module; in this case use the following command:
# modprobe -r module_name
# rmmod module_name
If you want to display the comprehensive configuration of all the modules you can use the command:
$ modprobe -c
Since the output of that command will probably turn out to be very long, you should better page it with:
$ modprobe -c | more
To display the configuration of a particular module, use:
$ modprobe -c | grep module_name
Blacklisting, when referring to Kernel modules, is a mechanism to prevent the kernel module from loading. This could be useful if for example the associated hardware is not required to be used, or if loading that module causes problems: for instance there may be two kernel modules that try to control the same piece of hardware, and loading them together would result in a conflict.
Some modules are loaded as part of the initramfs. Template:Codeline will print out all autodetected modules: to prevent initramfs from loading some of those modules, blacklist them in Template:Filename. Running Template:Codeline will list all modules pulled in by the various hooks (e.g. filesystem hook, SCSI hook, etc.). Remember to rebuild initramfs once you have blacklisted the modules.
mkinitcpio -M | sed 1d | sort | uniq
Using files in Template:Filename
Create a Template:Filename file inside Template:Filename and append a line for each module you want to blacklist, using the Template:Codeline keyword. If for example you want to prevent the Template:Codeline module from loading:
However, there is a workaround for this behaviour; the Template:Codeline command instructs modprobe to run a custom command instead of inserting the module in the kernel as normal, so you can force the module to always fail loading with:
Using kernel command line
Examples using GRUB
The following commands can help determine the dependencies of a module from the module itself.
- Format the contents of Template:Filename and show what kernel modules are currently loaded:
$ modinfo MODULE_1
- Use Template:Codeline to show information about Template:Codeline (including aliases and install commands):
$ modprobe --show-depends MODULE_2