LIRC guide for FreeBSD

Joe Auty joe at
Thu Mar 15 00:09:16 UTC 2007

Hi Anton,

Could you do me a quick favor, and read my last post in this thread and
in light of my setup, tell me whether what you wrote (quoted below)
applies to me? If so, I have follow up questions...

I don't mean this in a confrontational way at all, I just want to feel
comfortable in knowing the score and having a handle over what my
problem is and what I need to accomplish. Throwing the issue of remotes
into the mix is making me less confident in my understanding, because I
had believed that this isn't a concern for me.

For your convenience, and possibly to illuminate further, here is my setup:

Satellite signal -> Satellite box -> Hauppauge card -> MediaMVP (via
Ethernet) run off of the MVPMC hack ( that provides a
Mythfrontend for the MediaMVP box which communicates with my Myth
backend hosted on FreeBSD -> TV

All of this is working fine, but in order for me to be able to change
channels with my FreeBSD box, I need an IR Blaster to simulate my
satellite remote control. I'm trying to use LIRC as a means for my
FreeBSD box to communicate with my IR Blaster to send the proper signals
to my satellite box.

This basically seems to amount to:

1) Getting LIRC installed
2) Finding a configuration file that contains the appropriate specs to
simulate my remote/satellite box (there are a ton of sample
configurations that can be downloaded, which I did)
3) Using LIRC to control/send signals to the IR Blaster

Where I'm at is that I've created my lircd.conf file with the
information about my satellite box, I have lirc installed from ports
(default build options), and I'm trying to get LIRC communicating with
my IR Blaster. I don't seem to have it installed correctly, and I'm at a
loss to know where to turn to for help, I can't find much online.

I'm able to do this:

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

I'm not really sure what this feedback means though, nor do I know what
path the socket is written to.

Is this clear and/or helpful?

Anton Stamenov wrote:
> This is how I start lircd serever
> lircd -H pinsys -d /dev/cuad0 -p 644
> I compile it with pinsys support (this is my remote), not with irman
> (as in ports).
> When started it will create the sockets. lirc need the same stuff as
> in linux, except that not all drivers that are supported under linux
> are ported in freebsd. 
> On Wed, 14 Mar 2007, Joe Auty wrote:
>> 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
NetMusician: web publishing software for musicians
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