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I am almost done with my Gentoo install except I have a problem with my kernel modules. In the Gentoo Handbook it says to type: find /lib/modules/<kernel version>/ -type f ...
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    A little Help Needed with Kernel Modules


    I am almost done with my Gentoo install except I have a problem with my kernel modules. In the Gentoo Handbook it says to type:

    find /lib/modules/<kernel version>/ -type f -iname '*.o' -or -iname '*.ko'

    My problem is all the modules fly by the screen and I cant see them all...Can some one show me how the command line should look so I can view these listed modules at my own pace?

    Also, I dont know what all the modules do, is there a website I can go to that would give me a brief idea of what they do....(ex. esp6.....I have no idea what that module does)

    And in the /etc/modules.autoload.d file, do i just list the modules I want (ex. bluetooth, nfs, etc)?

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    that command was recently just added to the handbook instructions and is not necessary for a succesful install.

    some modules need to be autoloaded some don't.

    if you built your own kernel then you probably have some stuff just enabled and not modularized which means there is no module so nothing to worry about.

    things like alsa sound modules should load themselves. In my setup modules like the "visor" module for palm pilot automatically loads when I plug in the palm pilot due to coldplug I believe.

    so long story short you shouldn't have to worry about it. If something isn't working and you are being forced to load the modules yourself with the modprobe command then you can place that module in the file

    /etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.6

    for example the only things I need to autoload are:

    agpgart (for video)
    orinoco_cs (for wireless)
    intel-agp (for video)
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    I used genkernel..am I ok still to not worry about it? and I can add modules at any time?

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    yeah that's fine the initial ramdisk should take care of anything truly important and and other modules you can deal with later if need be.
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