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MODLOAD(8)              NetBSD System Manager's Manual              MODLOAD(8)

modload -- load a kernel module
modload [-fP] [-b var=boolean] [-i var=integer] [-s var=string] module modload -p [-b var=boolean] [-d var] [-i var=integer] [-m plist] [-s var=string]
The modload utility loads a kernel module specified by the module parame- ter into the running system. Modules are loaded from the default system module areas unless the module parameter contains a path separator character (`/'). The options to modload are as follows: -b var=boolean Pass the module a boolean property with the name var. boolean may be either true or false. -d var When used in conjunction with -m, delete var from the plist specified. -f When a module is loaded, the kernel checks if the module is compatible with the running kernel and will refuse to load modules that are potentially incompatible. This option disables compatibility checks. Note: an incom- patible module can cause system instability, including data loss or corruption. This option is also required for re-enabling a builtin module that was disabled using modunload(8). -i var=integer Pass the module an integer property with the name var and integral value integer. -m plist When used in conjunction with -p, merge new options with an existing property list contained in plist. -P This option tells the kernel not to load an associated property list. -p Output a property list suitable for loading along with a module. When using this option, you do not need to specify a module. Use -m and -d to read and modify an existing property list. -s var=string Pass the module a string property with the name var and string value string.
The modload utility exits with a status of 0 on success and with a nonzero status if an error occurs.
modctl(2), modules.conf(5), module(7), modstat(8), modunload(8)
A modload utility appeared in NetBSD 0.9. The modload command was designed to be similar in functionality to the corresponding command in SunOS 4.1.3. modload was switched to the module framework for NetBSD 5.0.
The original NetBSD implementation was written by Terrence R. Lambert <>. The switch to the module framework was by Andrew Doran <>. NetBSD 9.2 July 18, 2017 NetBSD 9.2
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