Thursday, June 24, 2010

MPlayer: Failed to open LIRC support

Whenever I run MPlayer from my terminal, which is always when I am playing any kind of media, including Youtube videos, I get the following error.

mplayer: could not connect to socket
mplayer: No such file or directory
Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.

I do not own a LIRC remote control, although I have read it is not too difficult to build one yourself. I this message had become an eyesore. The fix is rather simple. Add a line "nolirc = yes" without the quotes to the file ~/.mplayer/config in your home directory. Given how customizable MPlayer is, it is possible to fine tune almost everything from the config file. The default configurations are listed in /etc/mplayer/mplayer.conf and are overridden by the config file in the home directory.

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