I managed to get Lirc going just fine by not trying to use the Debian packages. Sometimes going for direct source is so much easier, especially if the package somehow has to support a *lot* of different hardware. I had the exact same problem with ALSA. It was a mess to try to get to work from packages, installing from source as a piece of cake. So we can now control our VDR box using the remote. The only problem was/is finding a suitable remote that has enough buttons. VDR likes to have directional buttons, digits, play/pause/stop/etc, the red/greeN/blue/yellow as well as some other buttons. Not many remotes have all those. So I ended up using the remote for our old Sony analog VCR. It works quite nicely, but I have to do some button remapping, as some buttons also control the Sony TV that we have, and "interesting" stuff happens when some buttons are pressed. :)
I've so far been pretty happy with the box, and now that Lirc works ok I can remove the keyboard and integrate the IrMan receiver in the case itself. After that comes some surface finish work and it's done.
I don't know what to do about the new LOS code I did (and which msa bugfixed). It would be a shame to throw it away, as it's quite a lot of effort. It is bloated, but it is kinda nice too, and somehow I think it's a bit more correct than the old code. O, what to do, what to do?
So the US is again on a warpath to destroy another country for the second time. Sigh. They wouldn't need all that oil if they instead introduced a car culture which aims at smaller cars with smaller engines and thus smaller fuel consumption and less pollution. Not every american needs a huge pickup truck or a SUV... So, it would be a good thing towards all the people on this planet. Less pollution and much smaller oil consumption and thus less wars for securing the oil. What I really want to say is "I think Bush is a bit mad, or at least a moron.", but you can't write opinions like that in a forum like this. :)