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The LIRC lib/ directory is indeed code used in various places. It offers four views:

For build and configuration there are two pkg-config .pc files: lirc.pc and lirc_client.pc. These provides the proper compilation and link flags. See drivers/default/Makefile for an example how to use.

The bundled excerpts from the manual are the same as in the LIRC manual, but also here to be readily available and linked by doxygen in the API context.