How long have I been using mplayer? Years. Why has it never bothered me to sort this out before? Don’t know. Ageism, autism, or general grumpiness sent me off in search of a solution, and how easy was it.
Every time I have run mplayer from the cli I got three lines written out before the “action”:
mplayer: could not connect to socket
mplayer: No such file or directory
Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.
The very simple fix to this is to add an entry to your ~/.mplayer/config file
That’s it, no more extra lines. Remember to comment out “lirc=no” if you want to use a remote control, though