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KEXTD(8)		  BSD System Manager's Manual		      KEXTD(8)

     kextd — loads kexts on demand from kernel or client processes

     kextd [-c] [-d] [-f] [-h] [-j] [-r directory] ...	[-v [1-6]] [-x]

     kextd runs as a daemon process to handle requests from the kernel to load
     kernel extensions (kexts).	 For proper operation kextd must be invoked as
     the superuser.

     kextd should not be considered a formal interface in the Darwin OS or in
     Mac OS X.	Neither its usage nor its presence should be relied on by any
     software or software installer.

     The options available are these:

     -c	      Ignore any repository cache files and scan all kext bundles to
	      gather information.  If this option is not given, kextd will
	      attempt to use cache files and to create them if they are out of
	      date or don't exist.

     -d	      Debug mode; run in the foreground without forking as a daemon

     -f	      Don't fork a child task when loading kexts.  This option is
	      present for debugging kextd and should never be used otherwise.

     -h	      Print a help message describing each option flag.

     -j	      Don't jettison kernel linker; load NDRVs in the kernel and exit,
	      allowing the kernel to continue handling all load requests.
	      This option is used in startup scripts for install CDs, along
	      with a properly built mkext cache, in order to speed startup
	      from the CD.

     -r directory
	      Use directory as a repository of known kexts for handling load
	      requests.	 This is not recursive; only the directory's immediate
	      contents are scanned.  By default kextd uses only the kexts in

     -v [1-6]
	      Verbose mode; print information about the kext scanning and
	      loading process (note that this is generally not useful when
	      unloading).  See the man page for kextload(8) to see what each
	      verbose level prints.

     -x	      Run kextd in safe boot mode (indicating startup with the Shift
	      key held down).  Kexts that don't specify a proper value for the
	      OSBundleRequired info dictionary property will not be loaded.
	      This option implies the use of the -c option.

     kextd normally never exits.  If an error occurs it exits with a nonzero
     status.  If invoked with the -j option it exits with a zero status when
     no error occurs, or a nonzero status if an error does occur.

     kextd logs all error and verbose messages to the system log, or to the
     console if the system log facility isn't available.  When running in
     debug mode all output is printed to the standard output and error

     kextcache(8), kextload(8), kextstat(8), kextunload(8), syslogd(8)

Darwin			       February 14, 2002			Darwin

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