administration command. kerneld automatically loads kernel modules
when they are needed, thereby reducing kernel memory usage from unused loaded
modules and replacing manual loading of modules with modprobe or insmod.
If a module has not been used for more than one minute, kerneld
automatically removes it.
with the modules-utilities package and is set up during kernel configuration;
its functionality is provided by interactions between that package and the
kernel. kerneld is aware of most common types
of modules. When more than one possible module can be used for a device (such
as a network driver), kerneld uses the configuration file /etc/conf.modules,
which contains path information and aliases for all loadable modules, to
determine the correct module choice.
also be used to implement dial-on-demand networking, such as SLIP or PPP
connections. The network connection request can be processed by kerneld
to load the proper modules and set up the connection to the server.