LIRC guide for FreeBSD

Joe Auty joe at
Wed Mar 14 13:41:14 UTC 2007

I'm trying to use my IR blaster with my satellite box, and I've found a
good (or what I think is a good) lirc.conf file. What I need at this
point is a good socket and all of the FreeBSD specific info. For
instance, I don't have a /var/lirc at all. Is the lircd port supposed to
create this, or have I missed a step?

Anton Stamenov wrote:
> for freebsd the lirc socket is not in /dev/ but in /var/lirc/lircd,
> and almost all port software knows where to find it.
> I've managed to set it up with my pinnacle serial remote, but I had
> to patch the lirc port's Makefile in orther to include support for this
> remote. I don't know if your hardware is supported... 
> On Wed, 14 Mar 2007, Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:
>> On Tuesday, 13 March 2007 at 23:56:23 -0400, Joe Auty wrote:
>>> Does anybody know of a good resource for setting up my IR Blaster
>>> within FreeBSD?
>> Not I.  Are you sure it's supported?  Currently very few remote
>> controls are.
>>> I think I have a good lircd.conf with information about my remote,
>>> but I'm sure I'm missing some information about how to get the
>>> kernel modules I'll need to generate my /dev/lirc0.
>> Are you sure you need a /dev/lirc0?  I'm running lircd with a DVICO
>> USB remote control on one of my machines, and there's no /dev/lirc0
>> there.  If you do need it, you'll probably have to port the kernel
>> modules.  What kind of interface does it have?
>>> Perhaps this might be a better question for a different FreeBSD
>>> list?  Just thinking about you guys since many seem to know the
>>> score in getting MythTV setups to work...
>> The list is probably right.  And I'm making progress with my
>> "installing MythTV on FreeBSD" documentation at
>> This is
>> still pretty rough about the edges; I'll work on it when I'm sure I
>> know what I'm doing.
>> Greg
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Joe Auty
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