LIRC guide for FreeBSD

Joe Auty joe at
Wed Mar 14 23:50:47 UTC 2007

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Marc G. Fournier wrote:
> --On Wednesday, March 14, 2007 16:11:17 +1030 Greg 'groggy' Lehey 
> <grog at> 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.
> Is there a list somewhere of which ones are?  I'd love to buy one for my "PVR" 
> so that I don't have to use the keyboard all the time like now ... make it a 
> bit more 'intuitive' for the wife to watch too :)

Okay, I think I know where this conversation is breaking down... please
correct me if I'm wrong.

My understanding is that there is two ways to change channels, one via
RF, and one via infrared.

I believe with cable and satellites that are RF based, changing channels
is as simple as sending a command line instruction to your capture
card/tuner. I think this is how discussion of remote controls came into
the picture in trying to issue commands to your tuner.

In my case, this part is covered. I own a MediaMVP which accepts
commands from my Hauppauge remote. I need an IR Blaster connected to my
FreeBSD box so that I can simulate the infrared signal sent by my
satellite remote so that I can send commands back to my satellite box to
change channels.

To do this, I have read that I need an IR Blaster, and I need to use
LIRC to mediate communication with my IR blaster. I also need a change
channel script which will interface with the Myth backend.

The piece I'm missing is getting LIRC listening on a device node so that
it can communicate with my IR Blaster connected to my serial port.

Am I completely out-to-lunch here in how I'm interpreting this conversation?

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