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I'm chasing a subtle ACPI bug on my laptop, and in the stack dumps I see that the kernel is "tainted"

[   19.292943] CPU: 0 PID: 6160 Comm: Xorg Tainted: G           OE   4.11.0-rc6+ #7

So I assume that some proprietary module is being loaded, and I want to make sure that the problem can be reproduced without this module being loaded.

I build the kernel from the staging kernel tree and I don't intentionally load any proprietary module, so actually it surprises me that the kernel is "tainted".

So, can I get the list of modules which actually make the kernel tainted?

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  • Incidentally, you should be aware that taint is not necessarily caused by proprietary modules - any external module can cause it. The "GOE" output indicates that you do not have any proprietary modules but do have external and unsigned modules loaded. – Random832 Apr 17 '17 at 16:02
  • Thanks @Random832; yes, I'm aware that any external module can cause it (as well as staging module afaik), and yes, the answer you linked seems to answer my question. Thanks again! – Dmitry Frank Apr 17 '17 at 16:08

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