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I am running Ubuntu:

#lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS
Release:    12.04
Codename:   precise## Heading ##


Kernel info:

3.8.0-38-generic #56~precise1-Ubuntu SMP Thu Mar 13 16:23:47 UTC 2014 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

I would like to know that whether this running kernel was build using CONFIG_MODVERSIONS or not. Any command for that?


#/usr/src/ubuntu-precise# make oldconfig | grep CONFIG_MODVERSIONS
/boot/config-3.8.0-38-generic:3420:warning: symbol value 'm' invalid for SPI_PXA2XX_PCI
/boot/config-3.8.0-38-generic:4222:warning: symbol value 'm' invalid for VIDEO_EM28XX_RC
/boot/config-3.8.0-38-generic:6694:warning: symbol value 'm' invalid for NFS_V3
/boot/config-3.8.0-38-generic:6696:warning: symbol value 'm' invalid for NFS_V4

no progress after this . hanging here for more than 30 minutes

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Only suggestion: download kernel sources and type make oldconfig | grep CONFIG_MODVERSIONS. – Danatela Apr 21 '14 at 9:27
@Danatela What exactly this command would do? – user2799508 Apr 21 '14 at 10:01
It will generate kernel config based on your existing config and echo it to the console. Then it will grep line containing CONFIG_MODVERSIONS. Probably, if you have this option enabled, you will have CONFIG_MODVERSIONS=y output. – Danatela Apr 21 '14 at 10:04
@Danatela on an i3 processor it is taking more than 20 minutes, and still continuing, is it normal? – user2799508 Apr 21 '14 at 10:16
What is the stage? Downloading or configuring? – Danatela Apr 21 '14 at 10:26

Try this:

  1. Install the dpkg-dev package. This is needed for step 2.

    sudo apt-get install dpkg-dev
  2. Download the source of the kernel you are currently using:

    apt-get source linux-image-$(uname -r)

    That will create a directory in your current directory that contains the kernel source. For example, on 13.10 running kernel version 3.11.0-12-generic, it created:

  3. Check if the option is set in the ~/linux-3.11.0/.config file:

    $ grep CONFIG_MODVERSIONS  ~/linux-3.11.0/debian.master/config/config.common.ubuntu

As you can see above, the option is set to y (on) by default so presumably, unless you have compiled your own kernel, the option is set in the kernel you are using.

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using apt-get , I got "linux-lts-raring-3.8.0" what is raring ? is there anything wrong in having this? – user2799508 Apr 22 '14 at 6:18
I got y (on), but I do not know whether it was 'on' during compilation or not. In fact I dont know who installed linux on this system. So is there any other way without any presumption to this value in a running kernel ? – user2799508 Apr 22 '14 at 6:24

try grep MODVERSIONS /boot/config-$(uname -r)


then its on.

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In the case of 2.4 kernel, the CONFIG_MODVERSIONS can be found in the Makefile in folder /usr/src/linux-2.4.x-xx/.

Another symptom is an error message such as unresolved symbol reference for which one of the possible reason can be - CONFIG_MODVERSIONS is enabled, but the LKM is not compiled likewise.

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