LIRC guide for FreeBSD

Joe Auty joe at
Wed Mar 14 13:45:27 UTC 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.

Well, I have no idea about the FreeBSD end of things, but I do have a
good lircd.conf for my satellite box. Others have gotten it to work,
I've confirmed this. The only thing I'm not sure of is the extent of the
FreeBSD support and how FBSD factors into this mix?

>> 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?

I tried using /dev/ttyd0 since it just plugs into a serial port (I
bought one of of I can do a:

# lircd -n --device=/dev/ttyd0 /usr/local/etc/lircd.conf
lircd: lircd(dvico) ready

Does this confirm anything of value?

>> 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.

Cool! Would you like some suggestions for your guide?

> Greg
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Joe Auty
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