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Noob question here.... I read about modprobe and dkms and it seems to me they do the same thing, so what is the difference?

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Modprobe

Loads and runs a kernel module

dkms

Compiles and installs a kernel module from source for the specified kernel (current running kernel if none are specified.

To autoload modules at boot

Edit the file /etc/modules. add each module you want to load one per line.

Example file contents:

# /etc/modules: kernel modules to load at boot time.
#
# This file contains the names of kernel modules that should be loaded
# at boot time, one per line. Lines beginning with "#" are ignored.

fuse
lp
sbp2
cpufreq_userspace
powernow-k8
  • Thanks! And when running modprobe it will save this state for next boot of course, right? – Omar Hossam Ahmed Nov 20 '17 at 9:22
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    added directions on how to autoload modules – ravery Nov 20 '17 at 9:31

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