Linux-kernel-modules

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Description

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Modules are pieces of code that can be loaded and unloaded into the kernel upon demand. They extend the functionality of the kernel without the need to reboot the system. For example, one type of module is the device driver, which allows the kernel to access hardware connected to the system."
Modules are installed in
/lib/modules/<kernel_version>/
.

Commands

List loaded modules

The following command lists loaded modules:

$ lsmod

Module information

The
modinfo
command will show information about installed modules, based on the information from the
/proc/modules
file:
$ modinfo <module>

It can also be used to read information from a *.ko file.

$ modinfo 87d792e35d83d9ce023c44c8fd6f5806.ko
filename:       /lib/modules/3.13.0-53-generic/kernel/misc/87d792e35d83d9ce023c44c8fd6f5806.ko
license:        GPL
depends:        
vermagic:       3.2.0-4-amd64 SMP mod_unload modversions

Install a module

$ sudo modprobe <module>

or

$ sudo insmod /lib/modules/full/path/module.ko

Uninstall a loaded module

$ sudo modprobe -r <module>