[gst-devel] Linux audio is a mess? [was: JACK and GStreamer, from the horse's mouth]

Jan Schmidt thaytan at noraisin.net
Wed Nov 29 17:57:44 CET 2006

On Wed, 2006-11-29 at 10:29 -0500, Paul Davis wrote:
> actually, AFAIK all OSS apps that do not abuse the OSS API (and do not
> use OSS's mmap support) will all run fine with either ALSA's own OSS
> emulation. The problems arise from apps that for good reasons or bad
> reasons abused the OSS API, or alternatively used mmap. Without an
> LD_PRELOAD hack, its not possible to make these work and in some cases,
> even with LD_PRELOAD hacks, you still can't.

and AIUI (and as I've experienced), running any OSS app without
LD_PRELOAD hacks, regardless of mmap stuff, means that oss-emulation
steals the ALSA hardware device, and dmix can't get a look in. 

ie, effectively OSS emulation still means that any OSS app blocks all
other users.


Jan Schmidt thaytan at noraisin.net

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