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Just like hcitool controls bluetooth, I am looking for command or software(I prefer to use console so I can make scripts) to control IrDA port. Is there any software/command that can do it? Thanks

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IRDA is supported on ubuntu, but many individual hardware implementations are not. Install the the irda-utils package and issue the included findchip command to see if you are in luck..

sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get install irda-utils
sudo findchip -v

If you luck out, you might find the following link useful...

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IrDA-utils is what you are looking for. See here for more info and usage:

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Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – fossfreedom Mar 14 '13 at 16:20

the projects official webpage can be found here as already mentioned, IrDA is not supported by many hardwaretypes anymore, as it has been replaced mostrly by bluetooth. But the project's webpage offers you a summary of all available driverpackages for ubuntu.

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There is an IrDA project on sourceforge including How-to.

Very much depends what you want to do with IrDA, so hope this project helps.

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