Resolving FATAL: Module Not Found Error on Debian Systems Using the Touch Command

If you’ve ever worked with Debian systems and web servers, you’ve probably encountered an error like “FATAL: Module Not Found.” Fear not, because this blog post is exactly what you need to troubleshoot and resolve the error, potentially using the touch command.

Understanding the Error

The error “FATAL: Module Not Found” primarily occurs when the system is unable to locate a specific kernel module in the module directory. A Linux kernel module is a piece of software that extends the Linux kernel’s capabilities at runtime. In a nutshell, the system can’t find a piece of software that it needs to perform a particular task.

Resolving the Error

Firstly, it is important to know that the issue may be simply due to the fact that the required module is not installed. In this case, you would need to install it. Please cross-check as per your system’s requirements.

However, if the module is there and meant to be loaded at boot time but it’s not, you can solve this by using the touch command. The touch command in Linux is used to create, change and modify timestamps of a file. Here’s how you can utilize it to fix the error:

Step 1: Create a Blank Module

Use the touch command to create a blank module file in the /etc/modules-load.d/ directory. Replace ‘modulename’ with the name of the module in question.

sudo touch /etc/modules-load.d/modulename.conf

Step 2: Edit the File

Now, you’ll need to include the module’s name in the file you’ve just created. Use a text editor, such as nano or vim:

sudo nano /etc/modules-load.d/modulename.conf

And write your module’s name (modulename) on the first line, then save and exit.

Step 3: Verify the Changes

Now, reboot your Debian system and verify that the module is loaded at boot:

lsmod | grep modulename

If the console returns any output, then the module is loading correctly at boot time.

Through this entire process, we’ve ensured that the necessary module is loaded at boot time, thus resolving the “FATAL: Module Not Found” error.

Hopefully, the steps outlined above have helped you understand and solve this error on your Debian system. Happy debugging!

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