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modprobe is a command used to add or remove modules from the kernel.

To display all available modules use:

/sbin/modprobe -l

To list all loaded modules, use:


To show the filename of a module, use e.g.:

$ modinfo -n snd_ac97_codec


If you get an error message like

FATAL: Could not load /lib/modules/ No such file or directory

You probably have a kernel installation that is newer than your running kernel. This typically happens if you update your distribution.

See also