rmmod [-f] [-w] [-s] [-v] [modulename]
rmmod is a trivial program to remove a module from the kernel. Most users will want to use modprobe(8) instead, with the -r option.
Print messages about what the program is doing.
Usually rmmod only prints messages
if something goes wrong.
This option can be extremely dangerous: it has no effect unless
CONFIG_MODULE_FORCE_UNLOAD was set when the kernel was
compiled. With this option, you can remove modules which are
being used, or which are not designed to be removed, or have
been marked as unsafe (see lsmod(8)).
Normally, rmmod will refuse to
unload modules which are in use. With this option,
rmmod will isolate the module, and
wait until the module is no longer used. Noone new
will be able to use the module, but its up to you to
make sure the current users eventually finish with it.
See lsmod(8)) for information on usage counts.
Send errors to the syslog, instead of standard error.
Show version of program, and exit. See below for caveats
when run on older kernels.
This version of rmmod is for kernels 2.5.48 and above. If it detects a kernel with support for old-style modules (for which much of the work was done in userspace), it will attempt to run rmmod.old in its place, so it is completely transparent to the user.
This manual page Copyright 2002, Rusty Russell, IBM Corporation.