where does the NIC driver locate in the system

Matthew Nicholson sjoeboo at sjoeboo.com
Tue Sep 19 14:29:32 UTC 2006

Well, on a linux system, the "drivers" are kernel modules, generally
located in /lib/modules/kernel-version. as for removing ubused
drivers...i would not recommend it. The system will load only the
modules it needs, as they are needed. There is no one big file like on
windows, so, you would have to remove many (probably hundreds) of small
files. Doing this would be pretty dangerous unless you knew exactly what
modules were used by your system. Even then, you could run in to
problems in the future by having missing kernel modules, be it from
installing new hardware, or even mounting a file system.

Honestly, I wouldn't go removing any modules unless you really knew what
you were doing. They shouldn't be taking up too much space.


On Tue, 2006-09-19 at 10:15 -0400, Qiuli Han wrote:
> Hi folks,
> after the installation of my system, my NIC is ready to work
> but i am wondering where does the system store the driver?
> and if it is huge file which contain all the other un-used drivers,
> can i delete it (like driver.cab in windows)?
> Qiuli
Matthew Nicholson <sjoeboo at sjoeboo.com>
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