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How do I find out which kernel module (as seen by typing lsmod) is servicing a particular device in /dev ?

In other words, say I have a device, /dev/mouse0 and I want to find out which kernel module is installed to service that device. How do I do that?

Another way to look at this is, some loaded kernel modules associate themselves with a device in /dev. How does one find out which device(s) a module is "attached" to?

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It's better to talk about kernel driver rather than kernel module, as a kernel driver can be built both built-in and as a module, but that doesn't affect which driver drives a device. – Diego Nov 7 '13 at 11:55
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You can usually find this information by digging through /sys if you're on a 2.6 kernel.


$ ls -la /dev/input/mouse1   
crw-r----- 1 root root 13, 33 2010-03-08 15:56 /dev/input/mouse1
$ ls -la /sys/class/input/mouse1/device/driver 
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 0 2010-05-12 23:33 /sys/class/input/mouse1/device/driver -> ../../../../../../bus/usb/drivers/usbhid

So the driver in this case is usbhid. There might be a better/neater way of doing this but I find digging in sysfs usually gets the job done.

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not sure if this will help finding the module (though it should) but you can use lsof to see what is accessing the particular device file. lsof /dev/mouse0 for example, though you can do more with the commandline options to lsof

more examples of how to use lsof

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lsof won't show you the name of the module. lsof only shows which userspace programs have the device node open. – James May 12 '10 at 22:37

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