Kernel Modules::Compiling Kernel Modules

Tags: Kernel, OS, linux

It’s important to know how Makefiles work. Another way (easier one) is by using kbuild. We will discuss about it soon.

obj-m += first.o

	make -C /lib/modules/$(shell uname -r)/build M=$(PWD) modules

	make -C /lib/modules/$(shell uname -r)/build M=$(PWD) clean

Now, This is just a sample of how the file looks. We will write our first program, first.c in the next tutorial. After this, we use **make **command to the build the kernel module.

Now it is time to insert your freshly-compiled module into the kernel with insmod ./first.ko. The latest kernel versions require you to name the object files with .ko extension to diiferentiate that from the usual ones. The diiference would be the .modinfo file that comes along. We will see what it is in the next tutorial.

As we already know, all the kernel modules that are loaded are listed in the /proc/modules. Once you write your first module, you can cat our file and see if it’s loaded or not. To remove our module from the kernel, use rmmod first.

So, let’s start writing our modules now.