invalid module format for speakup modules

Gregory Nowak greg at
Fri Nov 12 20:43:57 EST 2010

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Hi all,

I've managed to use debootstrap to install lenny 64. I wanted to build
the latest stable speakup, so I grabbed the speakup 3.1.6 tarball from, installed the linux-source-2.6.26 package, and
untared both. I changed to /lib/modules/2.6.26-2-amd64, and created a
softlink for build to the unpacked kernel source. I changed to
/usr/src, and created a linux softlink to the untared source tree. I
changed into /usr/src/linux, and copyed the kernel config file from
/boot to $PWD/.config, and verified that it exists. Next, I ran make
old config, make prepare, and make modules. Then I changed to
speakup/src, ran make clean, make, and make modules_install, with no
errors. The modules ended up in /lib/modules/2.6.26/speakup, so I
copyed them over to /lib/modules/2.6.26-2-amd64/speakup, and ran
depmod -a.

When I try to modprobe speakup_soft, I get this:

WARNING: Error inserting speakup
(/lib/modules/2.6.26-2-amd64/speakup/speakup.ko): Invalid module
FATAL: Error inserting speakup_soft
(/lib/modules/2.6.26-2-amd64/speakup/speakup_soft.ko): Invalid module

Dmesg says:

[21822.034323] speakup: no symbol version for struct_module
[21822.034795] speakup_soft: no symbol version for struct_module

modinfo speakup_soft says:

filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-2-amd64/speakup/speakup_soft.ko
version:        2.6
license:        GPL
description:    Speakup userspace software synthesizer support
author:         Kirk Reiser <kirk at>
srcversion:     D96CACC858F51374AA4492A
depends:        speakup
vermagic:       2.6.26 SMP mod_unload modversions
parm:           start:Start the synthesizer once it is loaded. (short)

Running file /lib/modules/2.6.26-2-amd64/speakup/speakup_soft.ko says:

/lib/modules/2.6.26-2-amd64/speakup/speakup_soft.ko: ELF 64-bit LSB
relocatable, x86-64, version 1 (SYSV), not stripped

I must have done something wrong while building the modules, but don't
know what that would be. Any ideas? Thanks.


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