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kudzu [options]

Red Hat Linux and relatives only. Detects new and changed hardware by comparing existing hardware against a database in /etc/sysconfig/hwconfig. Users are then given the opportunity to configure the hardware. Runs automatically at boot time.


-b,--bus bus

Probe only on the bus specified.

-c,--class class

Probe only for the class of hardware specified.

-f,--file filename

Read hardware info from the specified file instead of probing for existing hardware.


Display help information.

-k,--kernel n

Check for kernel modules only in the specified kernel version.


Probe only: print hardware information to stdout, but do not configure any devices found.


Do not prompt user for any information; perform only non-interactive configurations.


Safe mode: skip probes that interrupt hardware currently in use. This does not check serial ports, DDC monitors, or PS/2 ports.

-t,--timeout n

Number of seconds to wait for user input on initial configuration dialog. No configuration will be written to disk if there is no user input during this time.


Display short usage message.

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