RFC: DKMS - Dynamic Kernel Module Support

Mario Limonciello mario_limonciello at dell.com
Thu Sep 11 16:43:33 UTC 2008

Hi David:

I'll add on the Ubuntu kernel team here to get some comments on this
postinstall hook functionality and it's origins.


David Paleino wrote:
> On Thu, 11 Sep 2008 10:00:38 +0200, David Paleino wrote:
>> If you have AUTOINSTALL set to yes in a DKMS control file:
>> 1) It includes a kernel postinstall hook. This means that, the moment kernel
>> headers get installed, your modules are automatically rebuilt.
> This is achieved through the installation of a script in:
> /etc/kernel/header_postinst.d/
> /etc/kernel/postinst.d/
> /etc/kernel/prerm.d/
> A quick search with apt-file didn't return any result.
> Is this approach supported by Debian? I remember grub updating itself when a
> new kernel is installed: is that a postinst by the kernel package itself?
> Kindly,
> David

Mario Limonciello
*Dell | Linux Engineering*
mario_limonciello at dell.com

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