[mythtv-users] MCE/HID remote stopped working with LIRCD after Ubuntu 16.04 -> 18.04 upgrade

Stephen Worthington stephen_agent at jsw.gen.nz
Wed Dec 19 08:57:43 UTC 2018

On Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:13:31 -0500, you wrote:

>On Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 7:29 PM Jon Boehm <jon.s.boehm at gmail.com> wrote:
>> https://twosortoftechguys.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/make-lirc-work-in-ubuntu-18-04/
>> On Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 3:31 PM Jay Summet <summetj at gatech.edu> wrote:
>>> I had my RF/USB Media Center Edition compatible remote (from Keyspan)
>>> working with LIRCD on my MythTV box, using irexec I was able to execute a
>>> script to turn the monitor on/off with the power button, etc...
>>> When I upgraded to Ubuntu 18.04, the remote stopped controlling MythTv.
>>> I read through this page:
>>> https://www.mythtv.org/wiki/HID_Remotes
>>> and I was able to use ir-keytable and evtest to set the keymap to rc6_mce
>>> and I was able to use the robot to control MythTV but still need to remap
>>> several keys (and I'm not sure how I'll trigger my external power script).
>>> However, when I rebooted, it stopped working, and I found out that I had
>>> to stop the lircd service before the ir-keytable / HID/keymap would work.
>>> I have the .lirc config files all set up in the mythtv user's home
>>> directory, and ideally I'd just like to keep using lircd instead of having
>>> to reconfigure the keymaps in the kernel.
>>> Has anybody else ran into this and have any quick pointers on things to
>>> try to just restore the lircd operation with the new kernel that also
>>> supports the MCE remotes?
>>> Thanks,
>>> Jay

If you do want lirc to work in 18.04, I have a script that fixes it
available from my web server:


As installed by the 18.04 packages, lirc is seriously broken,
especially its new Python tools for configuring it.  My script fixes
all that.  There is a thread earlier this year about this, and also a
couple of threads about upgrading to 18.04 and the problems found.

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