[mythtv-users] How to send alphabetic letters from IR remote number pad?

David Lasker dave at altosdesign.com
Fri Jul 9 20:42:06 UTC 2010

I keep forgetting that Google doesn't index sourceforge mailing list
archives. Searching the lirc list archives directly came up with this


It suggests sending backspace characters on multiple key presses to delete
the previous entries.

The problem with Christoph's approach is that there is no timeout. So if you
press the 2 key once, and then a 2nd time a minute later, you get
2-backspace-a instead of 2 2.

It still bothers me that I can't get the repeat or delay parameters to do
what I expect. So I am giving up on this for now.

The mythtv virtual keyboard is pretty cool so I can live without this



-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:mythtv-users-bounces at mythtv.org] On Behalf Of Jarod Wilson
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 12:52 PM
To: Discussion about mythtv
Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] How to send alphabetic letters from IR remote
number pad?

On Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 4:54 PM, David Lasker <dave at altosdesign.com> wrote:
> I can't believe I am the first person to try to do this, but my Googling
> help came up empty. I posted this question on the lirc mailing list, and
> no reply. So I hope someone here has more insight into my question:
> I would like to use the number keys on my IR remote to send mythtv
> alphabetic characters, using the same user interface as is implemented on
> many cell phones and A/V equipment. For example:
> - Pressing the 2 key briefly sends "2"
> - Holding the 2 key for 2 repeats sends "a"
> - Holding the 2 key for 3 repeats sends "b"
> - Holding the 2 key for 4 repeats sends "c"
> - Pressing the 3 key briefly sends "3"
> - Holding the 3 key for 2 repeats sends "d"
> - etc.

I'm almost positive Christoph Bartelmus has posted an example config
for how to do this on the lirc list at some point in the past, but
you'd have to search the list archives...

Jarod Wilson
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