Oh, my system is mac mini intel with apple remote. I've tried starting it with an absolute path to my .lircrc and defaulting to /etc/lirc/lircrc - neither works. ps aux tells me that lirc was started prior to irexec:
root 6226 0.0 0.0 2932 544 ? Ss 10:45 0:00 /usr/sbin/lircd --driver=macmini
root 6236 0.0 0.0 1716 328 ? Ss 10:45 0:00 irexec -d
if this makes a difference. At this point irexec appears active, but it's unresponsive. if I killall irexec then restart it:
root 6981 0.0 0.0 1716 332 ? Ss 10:56 0:00 irexec -d
It works perfectly.
I'm having a devil of a time starting irexec at boot. I've tried placing it it dedicated startup scripts, Xsession files etc. When it does load, it does not respond to remote keypresses. However, if I start it manually post-boot it runs just fine. I'm using Kubuntu 8.04 and lirc_0.8.3~pre1-0ubuntu7.