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Re: [opensuse] How to set up LIRC?
Mike McMullin wrote:
On Sun, 2009-10-25 at 20:48 -0700, Marc Chamberlin wrote:
Well I am lost, so need a few pointers to get me started... I am running SuSE11.1 and need to get the lirc daemon up an running. Searching around on the internet I get quite a bit of difference information that relates to various other distro's or versions and nothing I can find seem to apply to SuSE. I have use YaST to install all the pertinent packages for LIRC, installed the config files for /etc/lircd.conf and .lircrc in my home directory as I was instructed to do. Most of the documentation I have read seem to imply there should be a device - /dev/lirc but I do not find such. Trying to start the lircd service gives me an error saying as much...

So what do I have to do to get the lircd service up an running under SuSE11.1? Much appreciate any and all help offered..

You'll need the appropriate lircd.conf and lircrc files for the
device, as well as the appropriate driver module loaded, so start with
the device and look for what driver module it uses. I had LIRC up and
running under the PAE kernel, but I've switched to the default kernel
and will need to redo some of the steps to get mine up and running
again, I'd be glad to help if I can, on the proviso that it stays on the
mailing list, so there's actually a SuSE specific LIRC thread that can
be googled for later.

Thanks Mike for your offer of help, and I certainly will keep all my responses in this mail list!

Ok, I think I have the lircd.conf and lircrc files defined and installed appropriately. (I could follow the instructions for that part easily enough.) But you said two things that kinda went over the top of my head. You asked me to "start with the device and look for what driver module it uses" Not being a real SuSE/Linux guru uh how do I do that?

You also mentioned the two different types of kernels, and implied that there will be a need to install/config things for each. I have noted, from time to time, when I use SuSE that the powers that be will suddenly give me a new kernel (I note this when the GRUB menu suddenly changes on me and I see a new menu entry for booting up a different version of SuSE. Such things as Xen, and something else which I can't remember anymore from the more distant past, and now this PAE thing has come along, out of the blue, and apparently decided to become the default version for me to use.) I have no idea what this is, but since it got setup and installed, after one of SuSE's security updates, as my default system to use, I just figure I probably am suppose to use it. GRUB still gives me the original version of SuSE to boot up if I want to, I just don't have any idea whether I should go back to it or not.. And I don't really have extra time to try and learn what PAE is right now... Sigh I need a few clones of me!

Sorry if my knowledge of Linux/SuSE is not all that robust, I am learning, but it takes time...


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