Blacklist Kernel Module

In most Linux distros modules are blacklisted by creating /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf which contains the name of the module. In LibreELEC /etc is inside the read-only SYSTEM file so we provide an alternate location /storage/.config/modprobe.d which is overlaid onto the normal /etc location during boot.


To blacklist the rc-pinnacle-pctv-hd module. Login to your LibreELEC box using SSH and confirm the module is loaded:


If the module is loaded, append the module name to blacklist.conf:

echo "blacklist rc-pinnacle-pctv-hd" >> /storage/.config/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

Now reboot to effect the change.

Module vs Driver

This approach to blacklisting only works with modules that are compiled with =m to create an independent module; meaning they are loaded via modprobe. If the module has been compiled directly into the kernel with =y modprobe is not used and this method has no effect. Drivers that are compiled-in are normally controlled via kernel boot params.

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