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Linux 2.6 - man page for depmod.conf (linux section 5)

depmod.conf(5)									   depmod.conf(5)

       depmod.conf, depmod.ddepmod.d -- Configuration file/directory for depmod

       The  order in which modules are processed by the depmod command can be altered on a global
       or per-module basis. This is typically useful in cases where built-in kernel  modules  are
       complemented by custom built versions of the same and the user wishes to affect the prior-
       ity of processing in order to override the module version supplied by the kernel.

       The format of depmod.conf and files under depmod.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.

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		 This allows you to specify the order in which /lib/modules (or other  configured
		 module  location)  subdirectories  will  be processed by depmod. Directories are
		 listed in order, with the highest priority given to the first	listed	directory
		 and  the lowest priority given to the last directory listed. The special keyword
		 built-in refers to the standard module directories installed by the kernel.

		 By default, depmod will give a higher priority to  a  directory  with	the  name
		 updates	 using	this  built-in search string: "updates built-in" but more
		 complex arrangements are possible and are used in several popular distributions.

       override modulename kernelversion modulesubdirectory
		 This command allows you to override which version of a specific module  will  be
		 used  when more than one module sharing the same name is processed by the depmod
		 command. It is possible to specify one kernel or all kernels using the  *  wild-
		 card.	modulesubdirectory is the name of the subdirectory under /lib/modules (or
		 other module location) where the target module is installed.

		 For example, it is possible to override the priority of an updated  test  module
		 called  kmod by specifying the following command: "override kmod * extra".  This
		 will ensure that any matching module name installed under the extra subdirectory
		 within /lib/modules (or other module location) will take priority over any like-
		 named module already provided by the kernel.

       This manual page Copyright 2006-2010, Jon Masters, Red Hat, Inc.



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