[mythtv-users] Looking for clarity on MythTV, to LIRC, or not to LIRC, ir-keytable, and key mappings

Eric Sharkey eric at lisaneric.org
Fri Apr 6 20:05:26 UTC 2012

On Thu, Apr 5, 2012 at 10:25 PM, Larry K <lunchtimelarry at gmail.com> wrote:
> It seems like some on this list are saying
> that infrared can be done completely without LIRC these days, and, in fact,
> it should be done that way. But then again, I see experts like Jarod talking
> about v4l-utils (ir-keytable) in conjunction with native lirc, so it makes
> me wonder what really is the best path forward.

I've been struggling with this a bit myself, as things appear to be
changing quite a bit.

I believe that the current state is that IR reception can be done
without LIRC, but if you want to do IR transmission to control a STB
or anything else then you still need to use LIRC, so that's why Jarod
still talks about keeping LIRC around for now.

> Is there any reference or resource that exists to provide accurate,
> up-to-date guidance on setting up IR in myth?

If going without lirc, the point is that you don't set it up in myth.
You set up your ir receiver to generate keyboard events that are
indistinguishable from keyboard keystrokes.  In myth, you set up what
myth does when it receives a given keypress, but this isn't IR
specific.  The idea is really that the remote is really just another

For setting up the remote in general, you could follow this:



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