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As the question says it all, I would just like to elaborate with an example:


This is an option for i915 module or intel video driver. So is there any way to know or list something like i915_enable_rc6 is an option for i915 from linux commandline ?

I hope I am clear with the question ?

Edit: I was referring to i915 just for example and nothing else. modinfo seems to be the command I was looking for.

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up vote 13 down vote accepted

modinfo does it:

modinfo i915 | grep '^parm:'

For open source modules the most reliable way is to look at the source. You don't need to be a kernel developer.

See source for i915.

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If there is no section called parm in the modinfo output does that mean there is no options to configure the modules? – sagarchalise Aug 30 '11 at 9:37
Mostly it means that author wanted to keep it as a non-visible parameter for some reason. See updated post. – Michał Šrajer Aug 30 '11 at 12:11

You can find all the applicable i915 kernel params applicable for your card using a command such as

sudo grep -H '' /sys/module/i915/parameters/*


sudo grep . /sys/module/i915/parameters/*

(thanks @arrange)

In my case I can potentially use:


If no parameters are identified then either that is a true statement - or the kernel is loading a different kernel module than you were expecting:

 sudo lshw -c display

       description: VGA compatible controller
       product: Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 2
       bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
       version: 18
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
       configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
       resources: irq:41 memory:90000000-903fffff memory:80000000-8fffffff ioport:3050(size=8)

In the above trace you can see in the configuration line "driver=i915" that the kernel sees the video card and has loaded the i915 module.


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+1. I'd just simplify the command to sudo grep . /sys/module/i915/parameters/* – arrange Aug 29 '11 at 19:17
I was referring to i915 because its mostly used. But the path information was something I didn't know, so if there is no parameters folder in the /sys/module/{module_name}/ Does that mean the specific module doesnot have options to tweak ? – sagarchalise Aug 30 '11 at 4:23
@sagarchalise - have updated with an explanation – fossfreedom Aug 30 '11 at 6:43

Perhaps this is an newer modinfo options, but modinfo support listing only the parameters:

$ modinfo -p i915


$ modinfo --parameters i915

Note: the $ sign is just the prompt display. It shows that the command can be run as a non-root user and without sudo.

It is possible to also check the current parameters of an already loaded modules using systool:

$ systool -v -m i915

In the output of this command check the "Parameters:" section.

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