DevSlashLirc — Object oriented access to /dev/lirc-hardware.

This library makes objects from /dev/lirc-hardware. These objects have properties like canSend etc., indicating the capabilities of the currently connected hardwarec, and methods like send and receive for sending and receiving. See the examples in src/test/c++.

As opposed to standard C/Lirc, where a device is opened, and it "turns out" that it is "mode2" or "lirccode", here the user has to decide if he wants a mode2 or lirccode device, and open it with the appropriate class. This will fail if the connected hardware does not have the expected properties. For this, there are the concrete classes Mode2LircDevice (modeling a "mode2" device, i.e. with the possibility of handling IR signals with "arbitrary" timings), and LircCodeLircDevice (modeling a "LircCode" device, i.e. one that can only use IR signals from its own set, and codes them on an integer, representing the IR signal.) The latter class is presently not completely implemented.

The classes may be instantiated multiple times, but of course only one can open a particular device file at a particular time.

The core library is written in C++, using classes and the stdc++ library. There are no other dependencies. In particular, there is no dependency of the Lirc sources, includes, or libraries. Only media/lirc.h, see man 4 lirc, which is considered belonging to the kernel, is included. The C++ code is documented using doxygen.

The C++-code uses the ("non-portable") #pragma once instead of the traditional include guards.

The C++ code is compiled into a shared library. This can be linked into application programs (see the test programs in src/test/c++) or used as a JNI library for accessing it from Java. Also a static library is built.

As man 4 lirc shows, there is a large number of hardly ever implemented properties supported. I have followed the "agile" commandment maximize the amount of work not done, and simply ignored the ones not useful or not commonly implemented.

As mentioned, there are also Java bindings using JNI. With some extra effort, bindings from other languages can be added, for example using SWIG. Contributions are welcome, (see issue #1).

The code should compile on any platform supporting /dev/lirc, possibly after adapting the Makefile (see issue #2).

A natural extension would be to extend the library to support Lirc plugin drivers. This is discussed in issue #3). There is also a branch containing some work in this directon, lircdriver.

Maven is used to compile the Java parts. A Makefile compiles the C++ code, and also invokes the Maven process. Redundantly, to build, just issue the command

 make lib

On an x86_64, this will build the libraries for x86_32 and x86_64. To build for another architecture without using a cross compiler, log in to an appropriate host, cd to src/main/c++, and issue the command

make clean all

on that host. Then copy the thus created to a desired location.

The command

make doc

creates the Doxygen and Javadoc documentation.

The code is entirely written from scratch (not counting the branch lircdriver).


There is no "install". Just copy the so file and the jar file to anywhere you like. (Or use maven instead of the latter.)

For C++ (or a similar language), just link with the shared library (alternatively the static library libdevslashlirc.a) in the usual manner.

For Java, copy to an "arbitrary" location. In the Java code, that library must be loaded with org.harctoolbox.devslashlirc.LircHardware.loadLibrary(). There are two possibilites:

  1. Either call loadLibrary() without arguments, (see src/test/java/org/harctoolbox/devslashlirc/ for an example), in which case the actual directory has to be given to the JVM using the -Djava.library.path option (like java -Djava.library.path=/usr/local/lib ...), or,
  2. Call loadLibrary(File) with argument, either the path name of the library, or the path name of the containing directory. For example LircHardware.loadLibrary(new File("/home/trump/covfefe/")).