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irsend: basic LIRC program to send infra-red commands


irsend - basic LIRC program to send infra-red commands


irsend [options] DIRECTIVE REMOTE CODE [CODE...]


Asks the lircd daemon to send one or more CIR (Consumer Infra-Red) commands. This is intended for remote control of electronic devices such as TV boxes, HiFi sets, etc.


SEND_ONCE - send CODE [CODE ...] once SEND_START - start repeating CODE SEND_STOP - stop repeating CODE LIST - list configured remote items SET_TRANSMITTERS - set transmitters NUM [NUM ...] SIMULATE - simulate IR event

REMOTE is the name of a remote, as described in the lircd configuration file.

CODE is the name of a remote control key of REMOTE, as it appears in the lircd configuration file.

NUM is the transmitter number of the hardware device.

For the LIST DIRECTIVE, REMOTE and/or CODE can be empty:

LIST "" "" - list all configured remote names LIST REMOTE "" - list all codes of REMOTE LIST REMOTE CODE - list only CODE of REMOTE

The SIMULATE command only works if it has been explicitly enabled in lircd.


-h --help
display usage summary
-v --version
display version
-d --device
use given lircd socket [/var/run/lirc/lircd]
-a --address=host[:port]
connect to lircd at this address
-# --count=n
send command n times


The lircd socket to connect to, defaults to a hardcoded default value usually /var/run/lirc/lircd


Default lircd configuration file. It should contain all the remotes, their infra-red codes and the corresponding timing and waveform details.


If lircd is not running (or /var/run/lirc/lircd lacks write permissions) irsend aborts with the following diagnostics:
"irsend: could not connect to socket"
"irsend: Connection refused" (or "Permission denied").


irsend LIST DenonTuner "" irsend SEND_ONCE DenonTuner PROG-SCAN irsend SEND_ONCE OnkyoAmpli VOL-UP VOL-UP VOL-UP VOL-UP irsend SEND_START OnkyoAmpli VOL-DOWN ; sleep 3 irsend SEND_STOP OnkyoAmpli VOL-DOWN irsend SET_TRANSMITTERS 1 irsend SET_TRANSMITTERS 1 3 4 irsend SIMULATE "0000000000000476 00 OK TECHNISAT_ST3004S"


Drivers are loaded dynamically. The directory used for this is determined by (falling priority):
The 'plugindir' entry in the [lircd] section of the lirc_options.conf file.
The environment variable LIRC_PLUGINDIR.
A hardcoded default (usually /usr/lib[64]/lirc/plugins).


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