Setting up Lircmap.xml
Now that we have our lircd.conf file all setup, we need to configure Lircmap
.XML so that it knows about the new button
codes we just added to lircd.conf.
Copy the file /usr/share/xbmc/system/Lircmap.xml
to your home folder ~/xbmc/.xbmc/userdata
At this point, you can follow the steps above to edit the Lircmap
.xml in your userdata folder from the terminal with nano, or if you have FTP/SSH access to your HTPC, you can simply copy this file down to your computer to edit it and upload it back to the HTPC. The choice is yours. The Lircmap
.xml by default contains map
pings for several remotes. If you do not plan to use any other remotes, I recommend removing the sections for remotes other than the XboxDVDDongle. This does nothing more than cleanup the file.
Now we need to create <obc##> tags to map
our XBMC funtions to our new custom button
commands in the lircd.conf file. On the Linux platform, we will simply use any numeric codes that are not already in use by the Xbox DVD remote in place of ## in the <obc##> tags. To see a chart of what codes are in use click HERE
. When completed our Lircmap
.xml file should look something like the sample below. Notice that within the <obc##> tags, we have entered the name of the XBMC Function we created in our lircd.conf file. (ie.<obc117>UPVID</obc117>
[b]<!-- My Custom Buttons -->
Now save your Lircmap
.xml file and exit to the terminal, or FTP your edited file back up to your HTPC in ~/XBMC/.xbmc/userdata
Setting up remote.xml
The last configuration file we need to edit is remote.xml. All we will be doing in this file is adding a small section to add support for our custom obc##'s we just finished setting up in the Lircmap
.xml file. Copy the file /usr/share/xbmc/system/keymaps/remote.xml
to your home folder in ~/xbmc/.xbmc/userdata/keymaps/remote.xml
Edit this file the same way you edited Lircmap
.xml, either with nano from the terminal via your computer if you are using the FTP method.
Add the following section to your remote.xml file immediately after the <global> tag, but before the <remote> tag:
Replace the ## in the <obc##> tags with the corresponding numeric codes you used in your Lircmap
.xml file. With each set of tags, insert the XBMC function that you want to perform. When complete the <universalremote> section of your remote.xml file should look something like this:
Now save your remote.xml file and exit to the terminal, or FTP your edited file back up to your HTPC in ~/XBMC/.xbmc/userdata/keymaps
Reboot your HTPC and Test your Remote
At the terminal type:
When XBMC comes back up, test out the newly configured custom button
s on your Harmony 880. Everything should be working now. If it is still not working, check your Lircmap
.xml and remote.xml files to verify you closed all of your <obc##> tags (</
obc##>), and then reboot and try again.
IMPORTANT: UPDATED INFO FOR LIRC ON LUCID LYNX
Ok, I'm not sure why I didn't really need to configure this file in Lirc back on Jaunty or Karmic, but editing etc/lirc/hardware.conf
as follows got my remote working again on Lucid Lynx:
#Chosen Remote Control
REMOTE="[b]XBOX DVD Playback Kit[/b]"
#Chosen IR Transmitter
#Don't start lircmd even if there seems to be a good config file
#Try to load appropriate kernel modules
# Default configuration files for your hardware if any
#Forcing noninteractive reconfiguration
#If lirc is to be reconfigured by an external application
#that doesn't have a debconf frontend available, the noninteractive
#frontend can be invoked and set to parse REMOTE and TRANSMITTER
#It will then populate all other variables without any user input
#If you would like to configure lirc via standard methods, be sure
#to leave this set to "false"
I hope those of you out there who are new to Linux or are struggling with getting your Harmony remote working find this guide helpful. I will try to answer any questions. Thanks and enjoy!