lircmd - Translate infrared signals into mouse events.


   lircmd [options] [config-file]


   lircmd  reads  decoded buttonpress events from a lircd(8) output socket
   and converts them to mouse events.  These  events  are  made  available
   either  on  the lircmd output socket (by default /var/run/lirc/lircmd )
   or,  using  the  --uinput  option,  on   a   /dev/input   device   like
   /dev/input/event12 .

   This  daemon  can  simulate a MouseSystems, IntelliMouse or IMPS/2 type
   mouse.  The function  depends  on  a  configuration  file,  by  default
   /etc/lirc/lircmd.conf  .   This file determines which button from which
   remote causes a mouse move or a mouse  button  click.   Special  button
   which activates or deactivates the mouse mode can also be defined.

   The  normal  usage  is  to  configure X11 to use the events produced by
   lircmd as an input source.  See  SEE ALSO.

   Using the --uinput option the user device created by the kernel  has  a
   dynamic  name  which  typically  changes  after  a  reboot.   The  lirc
   distribution contains a udev rule which, if installed, creates a  fixed
   link named /dev/lircmd which always can be used.

   By  default,  using  the --uinput option requires lircmd to run as root
   since the /dev/uinput device can be accessed only by  root.   The  lirc
   distribution   contains   example   udev   rules   and   lircd-setup(8)
   configurations which can be used to make the device accessible by other
   users.  In this way, lircmd can be run as a regular user.


   -h --help
          Display help  message.

   -v --version
          Display version.

   -n --nodaemon
          Don't fork to background.

   -s --socket <socket path>
          Use  alternate  lircd  socket  path  (the  lircmd input source).
          Defaults to the  output  key  in  the  [lircd]  section  of  the
          lirc_options.conf     config     file,     falling    back    to

   -O --options-file=file
          Alternative  default   options   file,   usually   defaults   to

   -u --uinput
          On  Linux  systems  the  --uinput  option  will enable automatic
          generation   of   Linux   input   events.   lircmd   will   open
          /dev/input/uinput and inject the simulated mouse events into the
          Linux kernel rather than creating the  /dev/lircm  device.   The
          kernel  makes these  events available to other applications on a
          /dev/input device, just like any other kernel input device.

   -D --loglevel=[level]
          Determine the amount of logging information. [level]  can  be  a
          symbolic  syslog  level:  'error','warning,  'info', 'notice' or
          'debug'. lircd also defines  three  additional  levels  'trace',
          'trace1'  and  'trace2' which gives even more messages ('trace2'
          bringing the most). However,  in  the  log  these  messages  are
          marked as 'debug'.


   The socket protocol contains undocumented parts. The data on the output
   socket is

       5 byte packets:

       *   Byte 1: Button information.

       *   Byte 2: X-axis change.

       *   Byte 3: Y-axis change.

       *   Byte 4 and 5: 0.

       4 byte packets. Please refer to the lircmd source code for details.

       4 byte packets. Please refer to the lircmd source code for details.


   lircmd will use syslogd to output error messages. It  depends  on  your
   system configuration where they will show up.

   The  options  file  is  by  default /etc/lirc/lirc_options.conf; lircmd
   handles the values under  the  [lircmd]  section  in  this  file.   The
   location can be changed using the -O/--options-file command-line option
   or using the environment variable LIRC_OPTIONS_PATH.  The  values  here
   are used as defaults for any option not present on command line.


   lircmd  is  a   daemon.   It should be started in some system-dependent
   init script.  Besides the systemd setup which is installed  by  default
   there  are  also  example scripts for other distros and init systems in
   the contrib directory.  lircmd has to be  started  after  lircd  as  it
   connects to the socket lircd provides.


   Since  the  device  name  used when registrating the --uinput device is
   fixed, only one instance of lircmd using this option can run on a given

   The socket protocol is a documentation-wise mess.



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