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I know you can do:

sudo modprobe -v some_module

to check the version of /lib/modules/.../some_module.ko, but I'd still like to be able to check the version of any arbitrary kernel module that's not necessarily going to be loaded by modprobe.

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modinfo(8)
modinfo - program to show information about a Linux Kernel module

Simply,

modinfo module-file

General tip: At the bottom of a manpage and there is a section called "See Also". For modprobe, it lists modinfo. That section can be extremely useful.

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Hm, better than strings ;) +1 –  Node May 20 '09 at 16:49
    
Ah, totally forgot about this. Thanks. –  Neil May 20 '09 at 16:51
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Try:

strings some_module.ko | grep vermagic

Or use as mentioned by Ian Kelling modinfo.

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