Ubuntu – apt-get autoremove “Before uninstall, this module version was ACTIVE on this kernel”


When running apt-get autoremove (or dry run with -s switch), what does the following message mean?

Status: Before uninstall, this module version was ACTIVE on this kernel.

And what should I do to diagnose if this is going to be a problem?

Edit: I'm on 13.10 but I think this question is version agnostic?

Best Answer

It means that it's going to remove a package that contains a kernel module (or version of a kernel module) that's in use by the system. After removing it and rebooting, you won't be able to load that module.

Whether or not that's an issue for you really depends on the module and if you're replacing it with something else. I don't think there's a one-size-fits-all answer for this other than: read the message and work out if that's a problem. If it is, just reinstall that package and move on.

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