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Linux Streamzap USB remote config files for mplayer and xbmc
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Getting the Streamzap USB remote to work under Linux is currently trivial and does NOT require the use of LIRC any more although LIRC does provide the ability to map the same keypress to different actions under a variety of applications.

The repo contains several config files that work with v4l-utils and any modern Linux kernel as well as files to allow operation with LIRC, specifically for mythtv, kodi, and mplayer.

Option #1 - Full featured operation of mplayer, mythtv, and kodi using LIRC.

Setup LIRC

  • Install lirc for your distro.
  • Place streamzap.conf in /etc/lirc/lircd.conf.d/
  • If using Xorg, place 90-streamzap.conf in /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ to keep the remote from being seen as a keyboard and doubling key presses.
  • If using an ARM device such as a Raspberry Pi, the 90-streamzap.conf method will not works since these devices do not use Xorg. Instead, place streamzap-blacklist.conf in /etc/modprobed.d/ to surpress this behavior.
  • Start lirc using your init system (systemd, openrc, upstart, etc.)

If the included streamzap.conf does not work for you, consider generating your own with irrecord.

irrecord --device=/dev/lirc0 streamzap

Follow the included instructions. It is doubtful that the actual scancodes have changed, so you can likely just copy that section into the new file.

For mythtv and mplayer

  • Place the .lirc dir from this repo into your homedir.
  • Place .lircrc into your homedir.
  • For mythtv only, create a symlink in your ~/.mythtv/ to ~/.lirc/mythtv/ ln -s ~/.lirc/mythtv ~/.mythtv/mythtv

For Kodi

  • Place Lirc.xml into ~/.kodi/userdata/
  • Place remote.xml into ~/.kodi/userdata/keymaps/
  • Place in ~/bin/ (note you likely need to edit the code to match your system, see the thread in the comments).
  • Two suggestoned icons are included. Place them in ~ as shown in the script.
Kodi Files and Formats
  • Lircmap.xml - Maps kodi_buttons to LIRC_buttons. (<kodi_button>LIRC_button</kodi_button>)
  • remote.xml - Maps kodi_buttons to kodi_actions. (<kodi_button>action</kodi_button>)

The two together allow for: LIRC_buttons <--> kodi_buttons <--> kodi_actions.

Supplemental Info

Mplayer Links

Kodi Upstream Links

Option #2 - Basic operation of mplayer using only the v4l-utils package.

  • Install the v4l-util package (your distro provides this in all likelyhood).
  • Modify /etc/rc_maps.cfg so the streamzap line points to /etc/rc_keymaps/streamzap.local
--- a/etc/rc_maps.cfg   2013-10-08 18:10:04.478595923 -0400
+++ b/etc/rc_maps.cfg   2013-10-08 16:19:34.150994862 -0400
@@ -77,7 +78,7 @@
 *  rc-npgtech               npgtech
 *  rc-leadtek-y04g0051      leadtek_y04g0051
 *  rc-manli                 manli
-*  rc-streamzap             streamzap
+*  rc-streamzap             /etc/rc_keymaps/streamzap.local
 *  rc-winfast-usbii-deluxe  winfast_usbii_deluxe
 *  rc-behold                behold
 *  rc-gadmei-rm008z         gadmei_rm008z
  • streamzap.local should be installed to /etc/rc_keymaps/

Supplemental Info

Syntax of /etc/rc_keymaps/streamzap.local

The syntax of the keymap scancode button_name

Show Available Scancodes

Execute ir-keytable without any arguments. Example:

# ir-keytable
Found /sys/class/rc/rc0/ (/dev/input/event3) with:
    Driver streamzap, table rc-streamzap
    Supported protocols: NEC RC-5 RC-6 JVC SONY SANYO LIRC RC-5-SZ other
    Enabled protocols: RC-5-SZ
    Name: Streamzap PC Remote Infrared Rec
    bus: 3, vendor/product: 0e9c:0000, version: 0x0100
    Repeat delay = 500 ms, repeat period = 125 ms

Execute ir-keytable --read --device=/dev/input/PATH where PATH is what the previous command outputted (event3 in the example above).

Show Availble Button Names

The lirc package is likely required. Execute irrecord -l to see a list of all available button names.

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