|DELETE_MODULE(2)||Linux Programmer's Manual||DELETE_MODULE(2)|
int delete_module(const char *name, int flags);
Note: No declaration of this system call is provided in glibc headers; see NOTES.
Module removal is attempted according to the following rules:
- If there are other loaded modules that depend on (i.e., refer to symbols defined in) this module, then the call fails.
- Otherwise, if the reference count for the module (i.e., the number of processes currently using the module) is zero, then the module is immediately unloaded.
- If a module has a nonzero reference count, then the behavior depends on the bits set in flags. In normal usage (see NOTES), the O_NONBLOCK flag is always specified, and the O_TRUNC flag may additionally be specified.
- The various combinations for flags have the following effect:
- flags == O_NONBLOCK
- The call returns immediately, with an error.
- flags == (O_NONBLOCK | O_TRUNC)
- The module is unloaded immediately, regardless of whether it has a nonzero reference count.
- (flags & O_NONBLOCK) == 0
- If flags does not specify O_NONBLOCK, the following steps occur:
- The module is marked so that no new references are permitted.
- If the module's reference count is nonzero, the caller is placed in an uninterruptible sleep state (TASK_UNINTERRUPTIBLE) until the reference count is zero, at which point the call unblocks.
- The module is unloaded in the usual way.
The O_TRUNC flag has one further effect on the rules described above. By default, if a module has an init function but no exit function, then an attempt to remove the module fails. However, if O_TRUNC was specified, this requirement is bypassed.
Using the O_TRUNC flag is dangerous! If the kernel was not built with CONFIG_MODULE_FORCE_UNLOAD, this flag is silently ignored. (Normally, CONFIG_MODULE_FORCE_UNLOAD is enabled.) Using this flag taints the kernel (TAINT_FORCED_RMMOD).
- The module is not "live" (i.e., it is still being initialized or is already marked for removal); or, the module has an init function but has no exit function, and O_TRUNC was not specified in flags.
- name refers to a location outside the process's accessible address space.
- No module by that name exists.
- The caller was not privileged (did not have the CAP_SYS_MODULE capability), or module unloading is disabled (see /proc/sys/kernel/modules_disabled in proc(5)).
- Other modules depend on this module; or, O_NONBLOCK was specified in flags, but the reference count of this module is nonzero and O_TRUNC was not specified in flags.
The uninterruptible sleep that may occur if O_NONBLOCK is omitted from flags is considered undesirable, because the sleeping process is left in an unkillable state. As at Linux 3.7, specifying O_NONBLOCK is optional, but in future kernels it is likely to become mandatory.
int delete_module(const char *name);
If name is NULL, all unused modules marked auto-clean are removed.
Some further details of differences in the behavior of delete_module() in Linux 2.4 and earlier are not currently explained in this manual page.