[mythtv-users] Remote and blaster without LIRC?

Don Brett dlbrett at zoominternet.net
Wed Jun 19 22:27:23 UTC 2019

On 6/18/2019 4:39 PM, Alec Leamas wrote:
> On 18/06/2019 22:09, Don Brett wrote:
>> All remote buttons are now working, but blaster is missing something.
>> Blaster hardware was previously defined in hardware.conf, but that
>> config file is replaced with something in lirc_options.conf.  Not sure
>> what's missing, so maybe another discussion thread is needed.
> To get the blaster running you might need to create a new systemd
> service according to [1]. The options here corresponds to the blaster
> part of hardware.conf. When configured, you should be able to use
> irsend(1) using the configured /dev/lircX device.
> That is, if the blaster is a separate piece of hardware on it's own
> /dev/lircX interface. Otherwise you should be able to use irsend using
> your already running service and it's /dev/lircX port.
> Cheers!
> --alec
> [1] http://lirc.org/html/configuration-guide.html#appendix-9
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The mceusb blaster is working with Lirc.  Not sure if this is the right 
process, but it worked.  I reused the set top box configuration file and 
channel-change script from the 16.04 box on this one.  I simply copied 
the STB file and renamed it to the new Lirc convention.  Same thing with 
the script, but didn't have to make any changes from the 16.04 box.  
Also, I did not have to create a separate instance of the lirc service.

*mceusb hardware*

*Blaster config file*
16.04 config file: /usr/share/lirc/extras/transmitters/motorola/dctxxxx.conf

Copied and renamed to:

18.04 config file: /etc/lirc/lircd.conf.d/dct2000.lircd.conf

-In the script, I changed $remote_name = "directtv"; to $remote_name = 
"DCT2000".  This matches the remote name in the script to the remote 
name in the config file.

*Restart Lircd*
don at johnny:~$ sudo systemctl restart lircd
[sudo] password for don:
don at johnny:~$

don at johnny:~$ /home/mythtv/change-channel-lirc.pl -d 116
channel is 116
Sending 1
Sending 1
Sending 6
don at johnny:~/Downloads$

-Transceiver lights blink as expected.

Note: This transceiver has and internal LED and a plug-in IR cable. I 
initially tested without the cable attached and nothing blinked on the 
transceiver.  After plugging in the IR cable, all blinked as expected.

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