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modprobe.conf(5)              File Formats Manual             modprobe.conf(5)

       modprobe.conf -- Configuration file/directory for modprobe

       Because the modprobe command can add or remove extra more than one mod-
       ule, due to module dependencies, we need a method  of  specifying  what
       options  are to be used with those modules.  /etc/modprobe.conf (or, if
       that does not exist, all files  under  the  /etc/modprobe.d  directory)
       specifies  those  options,  as required.  It can also be used to create
       convenient aliases: alternate names for  a  module.   Finally,  it  can
       override  the  normal modprobe behavior altogether, for those with very
       special requirements (such as inserting more than one module).

       Note that module and alias names (like other module names) can  have  -
       or  _  in  them: both are interchangable throughout all the module com-

       The format of modprobe.conf and files under modprobe.d is  simple:  one
       command  per  line,  with blank lines and lines starting with # ignored
       (useful for adding comments).  A  at the end of a  line  causes  it  to
       continue on the next line, which makes the file a bit neater.

       The syntax is a simplification of modules.conf, used in 2.4 kernels and

       alias wildcard modulename
                 This allows you to give alternate names for  a  module.   For
                 example:  "alias my-mod really_long_modulename" means you can
                 use "modprobe my-mod" instead of "modprobe  really_long_modu-
                 lename".   You  can also use shell-style wildcards, so "alias
                 my-mod* really_long_modulename" means that "modprobe  my-mod-
                 something"  has  the  same effect.  You can't have aliases to
                 other aliases (that way lies madness), but aliases  can  have
                 options, which will be added to any other options.

                 Note  that  modules can also contain their own aliases, which
                 you can see using modinfo.  These aliases are used as a  last
                 resort  (ie.  if there is no real module, install, remove, or
                 alias       command in the configuration).

       options modulename option...
                 This command allows you to add options to the module  module-
                 name (which might be an alias) every time it is inserted into
                 the kernel: whether directly (using modprobe  modulename,  or
                 because the module being inserted depends on this module.

                 All  options are added together: they can come from an option
                 for the module itself, for an alias, and on the command line.

       install modulename command...
                 This is the most  powerful  primitive  in  modprobe.conf:  it
                 tells  modprobe  to run your command instead of inserting the
                 module in the kernel as normal.  The command can be any shell
                 command: this allows you to do any kind of complex processing
                 you might wish.  For example, if  the  module  "fred"  worked
                 better  with  the  module  "barney" already installed (but it
                 didn't depend on it, so  modprobe  won't  automatically  load
                 it),  you  could  say  "install  fred  /sbin/modprobe barney;
                 /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install fred", which  would  do  what
                 you  wanted.  Note the --ignore-install, which stops the sec-
                 ond modprobe from re-running the same install  command.   See
                 also remove below.

                 You  can also use install to make up modules which don't oth-
                 erwise   exist.    For   example:   "install   probe-ethernet
                 /sbin/modprobe  e100  || /sbin/modprobe eepro100", which will
                 try first the e100 driver, then the eepro100 driver, when you
                 do "modprobe probe-ethernet".

                 If you use the string "$CMDLINE_OPTS" in the command, it will
                 be replaced by any options specified on the modprobe  command
                 line.  This can be useful because users expect "modprobe fred
                 opt=1" to pass the "opt=1" arg to the module, even if there's
                 an  install  command in the configuration file.  So our above
                 example  becomes   "install   fred   /sbin/modprobe   barney;
                 /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install fred $CMDLINE_OPTS"

       remove modulename command...
                 This  is  similar  to the install command above, except it is
                 invoked when "modprobe -r" is run.  The removal  counterparts
                 to  the  two examples above would be: "remove fred /sbin/mod-
                 probe -r --ignore-remove fred && /sbin/modprobe  -r  barney",
                 and  "remove  probe-ethernet  /sbin/modprobe  -r  eepro100 ||
                 /sbin/modprobe -r e100".

       include filename
                 Using this  command,  you  can  include  other  configuration
                 files,  or  whole  directories, which is occasionally useful.
                 Note that aliases in the included file will override  aliases
                 previously declared in the current file.

       blacklist modulename
                 Modules  can  contain  their  own  aliases: usually these are
                 aliases  describing  the  devices  they  support,   such   as
                 "pci:123...".   These "internal" aliases can be overridden by
                 normal "alias" keywords, but there are  cases  where  two  or
                 more  modules  both  support  the  same  devices, or a module
                 invalidly claims to support a device: the  blacklist  keyword
                 indicates  that  all  of  that  particular  module's internal
                 aliases are to be ignored.

Backwards Compatibility
       There is a generate_modprobe.conf program which should do a  reasonable
       job  of generating modprobe.conf from your current (2.4 or 2.2) modules

       Although the syntax is similar to the  older  /etc/modules.conf,  there
       are  many  features  missing.  There are two reasons for this: firstly,
       install and remove commands can do just about anything,  and  secondly,
       the  module-init-tools modprobe is designed to be simple enough that it
       can be easily replaced.

       With the complexity of actual module insertion reduced to three  system
       calls  (open, read, init_module), and the modules.dep file being simple
       and open, producing a more powerful modprobe variant can be done  inde-
       pendently if there is a need.

       This manual page Copyright 2004, Rusty Russell, IBM Corporation.

       modprobe(8), modules.dep(5)