dh_installmodules - register modules with modutils


dh_installmodules [debhelper options] [-n] [--name=name]


dh_installmodules is a debhelper program that is responsible for registering kernel modules.

Files named debian/package.modprobe will be installed in etc/modprobe.d/package in the package build directory, to be used by module-init-tools's version of modprobe.

Kernel modules are searched for in the package build directory and if found, postinst and postrm commands are automatically generated to run depmod and register the modules when the package is installed. These commands are inserted into the maintainer scripts by dh_installdeb. See dh_installdeb(1) for an explanation of how this works.

Previous versions of dh_installmodules also supported files named debian/package.modules, which were installed into etc/modutils/package in the package build directory. This was for use by modutils, which is no longer in Debian. dh_installmodules will warn about such files now.


-n, --noscripts
Do not modify postinst/postrm scripts.
When this parameter is used, dh_installmodules looks for and installs files named debian/ and debian/ instead of the usual debian/package.modules and debian/package.modprobe


Note that this command is not idempotent. dh_prep(1) should be called between invocations of this command. Otherwise, it may cause multiple instances of the same text to be added to maintainer scripts.



This program is a part of debhelper.


Joey Hess <>