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LIRC: How to enable changes in /etc/lirc/lircrc without reboot

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http://askubuntu.com – I have installed lirc, and I want to use irexec to control my music player daemon (mpd) using mpc commands from my mce remote control. Works fine, except for one thing: If I want to edit the /etc/lirc/lircrc file to map the remote control buttons to commands, I need to reboot in order to read in and use the edited lircrc button/command definition file. To test things out is then a rather painful and time consuming experience. /etc/init.d/lirc restart does NOT do the trick, it just makes the remote stop working. Function returns after reboot. What elese needs to be restarted? Or should I us (HowTos)