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  1. #1
    Linux Newbie
    Join Date
    Jan 2004


    what does modprobe do exactly?

    when compiling/installing new kernel, am i have to do anything extra for modules?

    what is the different between selecting a kernel option as Y or M ?

    isn't it better to select everything as Y ?

  2. #2
    Linux Guru
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Täby, Sweden
    modprobe loads code (a module) into kernel.

    Selecting Y build an option into kernel, while M leaves it as an option.

    In general, it is better to build modules, since they are much more flexible. They allow you to patch your system while running, and also save a lot of unswappable memory, since you don't need all the code in the kernel all the time.

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