Re: why is modprobe (and nothing else) exec()'d?

From: Keith Owens (
Date: Fri Oct 13 2000 - 09:14:38 EST

On Fri, 13 Oct 2000 10:01:56 -0400,
"Chris Swiedler" <> wrote:
>Why is modprobe kept as a separate executable, when nothing else in the
>kernel is (seems to be)?

modprobe is a user space tool, it can be used by hand at any time. It
shares a lot of code with insmod and depmod, another pair of user space
tools. It is not the only one, exec_usermodehelper() is a general routine
and is used by baycom_epp as well (for /usr/sbin/eppfpga).
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