I need to update/upgrade my RPi4 so that I can boot from a SSD.

After sudo apt-get update I get a message about the Buster repositories now being marked as 'oldstable'.

Used sudo apt-get update --allow-releaseinfo-change and got everything up to date but now my LIRC is not working correctly.

The IR sensor appears to be detected OK and if I use irw and press keys on my remote it does actually display the correct names from my ```lircd.conf' file.

However the commands listed in my .lircrc file do not run.

Can anyone offer any suggestions as to how to debug/resolve this?

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Verify that the lirc package is correctly updated, including all dependencies (see apt-cache depends lirc). Then check if lircd.service is running and not reporting any errors (systemctl status lircd).

  • I think the problem is that the location of the lircrc file has been changed, but still investigating... Nov 9, 2021 at 19:25

It appears that the update/upgrade reset the file /lib/systemd/system/irexec.service

The location of the lircrc file had changed to

ExecStart=/usr/bin/irexec /etc/lirc/irexec.lircrc

(used to be in home directory)

and the user which had previously been set to


had been removed.

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