gentoo iptables problem

John Heim jheim at
Mon Nov 20 14:49:55 EST 2006

I think the module is actually called ip_tables.  The ip_tables module keeps 
a table of packet filtering rules inmemory. The table is manipulated via the 
iptables program.

Saying either 'modinfo ip_tables' or 'modprobe ip_tables' should work. If 
not, the module did not get compiled.

[I like to use 'ye' when talking about 'you in general'.]

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gregory Nowak" <greg at>
To: "Speakup is a screen review system for Linux." <speakup at>
Sent: Friday, November 17, 2006 7:33 PM
Subject: Re: gentoo iptables problem

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> No, you don't understand. There's a binary called iptables, and there
> is a kernel module also called iptables, (though if you want to be
> specific, that's actually called, that you load via
> modprobe. If the kernel module isn't loaded, or is not built into the
> kernel, or can't be automagically loaded when needed, you can do with
> the iptables binary whatever you want, and it still won't work without
> that module.
> Greg
> On Fri, Nov 17, 2006 at 06:48:34PM -0500, Jude DaShiell wrote:
>> John, that's right when the emerge happened iptables was built as a
>> program not a module.  It's probably some useflag that needs setting
>> correctly for this to build as a module.
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