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How are modules managed?

Debian’s modconf package provides a shell script (/usr/sbin/modconf) which can be used to customize the configuration of modules. This script presents a menu-based interface, prompting the user for particulars on the loadable device drivers in his system. The responses are used to customize the file /etc/modules.conf (which lists aliases, and other arguments that must be used in conjunction with various modules) through files in /etc/modutils/, and /etc/modules (which lists the modules that must be loaded at boot time).

The modconf package comes with a series of help files (in /usr/lib/modules_help/) which provide detailed information on appropriate arguments for each of the modules.

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