Lirc not running, yet the remote can control the desktop. Through what?

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http://askubuntu.com – I am trying to configure my remote. The good news, is that it "Just worked". Meaning: I plugged it in, ran the gnome-lirc-properties and now I can control some parts of my desktop with it. It seems, though, that it is not lirc handling it. I have killed lircd. It does not show under ps: ps faux | grep ir #shows a few processes, like firefox, but nothing like lirc(d), irw, irrecord etc. The device is still active thought: sudo cat /dev/lirc0 Pressing buttons on my remote make it print all sorts of strings. Pressing buttons on my remote actually control Gnome/Unity/Desktop. E.g. Volum (HowTos)