I followed the instructions listed at https://blueprints.launchpad.net/mythbuntu/+spec/lirc-gpio-alternative to no avail.
I have lirc pointing to /dev/input/by-path/pci-0000:00:08.0-event-ir but when I try to connect to the device with irw I get nothing this is /var/log/messages:
Aug 2 12:56:23 mage lircd-0.8.5: accepted new client on /dev/lircd
Aug 2 12:56:23 mage lircd-0.8.5: initializing '/dev/input/by-path/pci-0000:00:08.0-event-ir'
if I run "cat /dev/input/by-path/pci-0000:00:08.0-event-ir" and press buttons on the remote, I get input, in addition, if lircd isn't running, I get input in the terminal if I press keys on the keyboard, the number keys work, several other buttons also produce numbers and the enter key works as enter.
If I try 'irrecord -H devinput -/dev/input/by-path/pci-0000:00:08.0-event-ir' it errors out trying to find a gap.