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authorLinus Torvalds <torvalds@ppc970.osdl.org>2005-04-16 15:20:36 -0700
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+infrared remote control support in video4linux drivers
+======================================================
+
+
+basics
+------
+
+Current versions use the linux input layer to support infrared
+remote controls. I suggest to download my input layer tools
+from http://bytesex.org/snapshot/input-<date>.tar.gz
+
+Modules you have to load:
+
+ saa7134 statically built in, i.e. just the driver :)
+ bttv ir-kbd-gpio or ir-kbd-i2c depending on your
+ card.
+
+ir-kbd-gpio and ir-kbd-i2c don't support all cards lirc supports
+(yet), mainly for the reason that the code of lirc_i2c and lirc_gpio
+was very confusing and I decided to basically start over from scratch.
+Feel free to contact me in case of trouble. Note that the ir-kbd-*
+modules work on 2.6.x kernels only through ...
+
+
+how it works
+------------
+
+The modules register the remote as keyboard within the linux input
+layer, i.e. you'll see the keys of the remote as normal key strokes
+(if CONFIG_INPUT_KEYBOARD is enabled).
+
+Using the event devices (CONFIG_INPUT_EVDEV) it is possible for
+applications to access the remote via /dev/input/event<n> devices.
+You might have to create the special files using "/sbin/MAKEDEV
+input". The input layer tools mentioned above use the event device.
+
+The input layer tools are nice for trouble shooting, i.e. to check
+whenever the input device is really present, which of the devices it
+is, check whenever pressing keys on the remote actually generates
+events and the like. You can also use the kbd utility to change the
+keymaps (2.6.x kernels only through).
+
+
+using with lircd
+================
+
+The cvs version of the lircd daemon supports reading events from the
+linux input layer (via event device). The input layer tools tarball
+comes with a lircd config file.
+
+
+using without lircd
+===================
+
+XFree86 likely can be configured to recognise the remote keys. Once I
+simply tried to configure one of the multimedia keyboards as input
+device, which had the effect that XFree86 recognised some of the keys
+of my remote control and passed volume up/down key presses as
+XF86AudioRaiseVolume and XF86AudioLowerVolume key events to the X11
+clients.
+
+It likely is possible to make that fly with a nice xkb config file,
+I know next to nothing about that through.
+
+
+Have fun,
+
+ Gerd
+
+--
+Gerd Knorr <kraxel@bytesex.org>