modinfo(8) -- Linux man page
NAMEmodinfo --- program to show information about a Linux Kernel module
modinfo [-0] [-F field] [modulename|filename ...]
modinfo extracts information the Linux
Kernel modules given on the command line. If the module name is
not a filename, then the
/lib/modules/version directory is searched, as done by
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
- -V --version
Print the modinfo version. Note BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY
below: you might be printing the version of
- -F --field
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 param,
alias and depends fields. The special field filename lists the filename of the module.
- -0 --null
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. param and
filename respectively, to ease the
transition from the old modutils
This version of modinfo is for kernel modules 2.5.48 and above. If it detects a kernel with support for old-style modules, it will attempt to run modprobe.old in its place, so it is completely transparent to the user.
Note that the output of this version of
modinfo is simpler and more regular than
the older version: scripts attempting to use the default
output may get confused with complex fields.