How to Disable/Enable Device Temporarily in Ubuntu

To disable a device temporarily in Ubuntu, we can use modprobe command.

To list the modules we can use:

sudo modprobe -l

If you get error like:

modprobe: invalid option -- 'l'

Then try this: 

sudo lsmod

For example to disable the webcam I can execute the below command:

sudo modprobe -r uvcvideo

When the computer restarted, the webcam will enabled again.

Or if you want to enable it without restart:

sudo modprobe uvcvideo



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