modinfo extracts information from the Linux
Kernel modules given on the command line. If the module name is
not a filename, then the
directory is searched, as is also done by
modprobe(8) when loading kernel modules.
modinfo by default lists each attribute
of the module in form fieldname :
value, for easy reading. The
filename is listed the same way (although it's not really an
This version of modinfo can understand
modules of any Linux Kernel architecture.
Print the modinfo version.
Only print this field value, one per line. This is most
useful for scripts. Field names are case-insenitive.
Common fields (which may not be in every module) include
depends, and alias.
There are often multiple parm,
alias and depends
fields. The special field filename
lists the filename of the module.
Provide information about a kernel other than the running one. This
is particularly useful for distributions needing to extract
information from a newly installed (but not yet running) set of
kernel modules. For example, you wish to find which firmware files
are needed by various modules in a new kernel for which you must
make an initrd/initramfs image prior to booting.
Use the ASCII zero character to separate field values,
instead of a new line. This is useful for scripts, since
a new line can theoretically appear inside a field.
-a -d -l -p -n
These are shortcuts for author,
license. parm and
filename respectively, to ease the
transition from the old modutils
This manual page originally Copyright 2003, Rusty Russell, IBM
Corporation. Maintained by Jon Masters and others.