[ubuntu] Any way to use a remote and LIRC to control Unity Launcher?

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http://ubuntuforums.org – One thing I have wanted for a while now it to use my MCE compatible remote to do basic moving around and selection in Unity Launcher. Although I'm not the original poster on this thread, it appears he wants to do exactly the same thing I want to do, and it looks like the first reply is about ¾ of the solution: Can I set up LIRC to enable me to navigate the Unity Launcher, using my MCE Remote Control, and how would I do this? I've tried the proposed solution and noted exactly the same results - if you add this to your .lircrc file, and then install and run the irxevent software from t (Hardware)