LIRC guide for FreeBSD

Greg 'groggy' Lehey grog at
Fri Mar 16 04:50:06 UTC 2007

On Wednesday, 14 March 2007 at  9:45:22 -0400, 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?

As I said, relatively few remote controls are supported.  That
probably won't change until individuals adapt the code for their
specific remote control, like Daniel did for his and like I did for my
remote control.  The code is really ugly, but not too difficult to

>>> 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?

I'm a little confused about the (dvico) there.  The DVICO driver
integration is my work, and it's a USB-connected device.  Are you sure
that your lircd.conf is correct?

>>> 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?

Yes, please.  Remember, though, that it's currently very flaky, and
I'll fix a lot the next time I have time to look at it.  What I'd
really like to know is where other people ran into trouble, and how
they fixed it.

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