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Subject[PATCH 4.14 105/115] kbuild: make missing $DEPMOD a Warning instead of an Error
4.14-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Randy Dunlap <>

commit 914b087ff9e0e9a399a4927fa30793064afc0178 upstream.

When $DEPMOD is not found, only print a warning instead of exiting
with an error message and error status:

Warning: 'make modules_install' requires /sbin/depmod. Please install it.
This is probably in the kmod package.

Change the Error to a Warning because "not all build hosts for cross
compiling Linux are Linux systems and are able to provide a working
port of depmod, especially at the file patch /sbin/depmod."

I.e., "make modules_install" may be used to copy/install the
loadable modules files to a target directory on a build system and
then transferred to an embedded device where /sbin/depmod is run
instead of it being run on the build system.

Fixes: 934193a654c1 ("kbuild: verify that $DEPMOD is installed")
Signed-off-by: Randy Dunlap <>
Reported-by: H. Nikolaus Schaller <>
Cc: Lucas De Marchi <>
Cc: Lucas De Marchi <>
Cc: Michal Marek <>
Cc: Jessica Yu <>
Cc: Chih-Wei Huang <>
Signed-off-by: Masahiro Yamada <>
Signed-off-by: Maxim Zhukov <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

scripts/ | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

--- a/scripts/
+++ b/scripts/
@@ -16,9 +16,9 @@ if ! test -r ; then

if [ -z $(command -v $DEPMOD) ]; then
- echo "'make modules_install' requires $DEPMOD. Please install it." >&2
+ echo "Warning: 'make modules_install' requires $DEPMOD. Please install it." >&2
echo "This is probably in the kmod package." >&2
- exit 1
+ exit 0

# older versions of depmod don't support -P <symbol-prefix>

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