I've been using mode2 to get codes from LIRC.  Keeping up with things, I'm trying to figure out how to use the /dev/input/event* nodes.  I can figure this out eventually but it's getting in the way of the project at hand.  Can someone give me a hint on how to use the new (not so new i guess) way of using LIRC?

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