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RE: LIRC repeats - Bignumbas - 4th Jan, 2016 12:34 PM

I tried for several days to fix this problem.
Finally came across a posting on Instructables Where a guy was putting a pi into an Altoid tin with Xbian installed for a home media center. (cause you can Smile)
Find it here:
and also

edit the file: /etc/lirc/hardware/lirc_rpi.conf
nano /etc/lirc/hardware/lirc_rpi.conf
Comment out the line: LIRCD_ARGS="-u"

lircd -u, --uinput
Enable automatic generation of Linux input events. lircd will open /dev/input/uinput and inject key events to the Linux kernel. The key code depends on the name that was given a button in the lircd config file, e.g. if the button is named KEY_1, the '1' key code will be generated. You will find a complete list of possible button names in /usr/include/linux/input.h.

From the explanation it seems to me that when you press a key it injects another keypress via the kernel. Kinda like a feedback loop?

I had tried everything before this delays, ir-keytables etc, etc.
The mystifying thing was that the remote worked in every other raspberry linux I have.


Hope this helps.

RE: LIRC repeats - jvig - 1st Feb, 2016 07:36 AM

(11th Aug, 2015 11:58 PM)Colin Burton Wrote:  Did you ever find an answer to this? I just setup my remote and encountered the same issue.

I had the same problem and solved it!!

When you are recording keys or you are using a template for your remote, all remote buttons are assigned to a default name listed here:
$ irrecord --list-namespace
These names after your remote.conf file is created have to be CHANGED in order to use them properly with KODI.
For example in this xbox.conf file I created for an XBOX remote, I replaced "KEY_" with "xbox_":

# Please make this file available to others
# by sending it to <>
# this config file was automatically generated
# using lirc-0.9.1-git(default) on Sun Jan 31 11:27:02 2016
# contributed by
# brand:                       /home/xbian/xboxtest2.conf
# model no. of remote control:
# devices being controlled by this remote:

begin remote

  name  XBOX
  bits           11
  eps            30
  aeps          100

  one           223  7469
  zero          223  5012
  ptrail        220
  gap          123513
  toggle_bit_mask 0x200

      begin codes
          xbox_UP                   0x568
          xbox_DOWN                 0x56A
          xbox_LEFT                 0x571
          xbox_RIGHT                0x561
          xbox_ENTER                0x569
          xbox_CONTEXT_MENU         0x567
          xbox_BACK                 0x557
          xbox_EXIT                 0x570
          xbox_VOLUMEUP             0x556
          xbox_VOLUMEDOWN           0x555
          xbox_PAGEUP               0x572
          xbox_PAGEDOWN             0x577
          xbox_TEXT                 0x550
          xbox_FORWARD              0x552
          xbox_REWIND               0x551
          xbox_PLAY                 0x559
          xbox_INFO                 0x55A
          xbox_STOP                 0x562
      end codes

end remote

Then in your KODI userdata folder create a Lircmap.xml file to map these buttons. Something like that:

<remote device="XBOX">


Please note that these names like "volumeminus" are predifined by Kodi. You can find a list here: XBMC/Lircmap

Finally, in your userdata/keymaps folder create a keymap.xml file to map those buttons to real KODI actions. Your keymap.xml should look something like this:





More info about the above file can be found here: KODI/keymaps[/term][/quote]

p.s. You don't need to create an advancedsettings.xml file, but if you create it anyway, it will function properly regarding repeat and delay times Wink

RE: LIRC repeats - Skywatch - 2nd Feb, 2016 07:00 PM


Nice info, well explained, thanks - maybe you could add it to the wiki page of xbian for all to find.


RE: LIRC repeats - Pow_2k - 3rd Feb, 2016 08:28 AM

@jvig, perfect timing! Just today I sat down to try and figure out why the remote I was working with had doubled up button presses. This is my first time working with an IR receiver connected to the RPi GPIO. Your solution worked for me as well! I opted to go with "kodi_" instead of "xbox_" in the names as I think this is more working around a problem with the software (Kodi/Xbian/lirc, not sure where) than the remote itself. Good find! From previous attempts I still have the lirc_rpi.conf file edited to comment out "LIRCD_ARGS="-u"" and I haven't yet uncommented that to see if it breaks anything with your fix.

I'll note that I didn't need to do anything with keymap.xml. It seems all the mapping is picked up from remote.xml in /usr/local/share/kodi/system/keymaps. So just created the lircd.conf file with unique key names, then set up the Lircmap.xml file.

Thanks for the detail on your discovery!