[rescue] Happy New Year! RIP, Sun/Solaris...
jdboyd at jdboyd.net
Thu Jan 6 14:48:55 CST 2011
On Thu, Jan 06, 2011 at 03:26:07PM -0500, Phil Stracchino wrote:
> On 01/06/11 14:56, James C wrote:
> > lsof is also your friend trying to find who's using /dev/audio. Also
> > check /dev/dsp. A fair few modern systems don't have either, as they're
> > OSS and most are moving on from ALSA to PulseAudio already.
> Uuuhhh ... but PulseAudio is a layer on top of ALSA. (A layer which
> is being deprecated, I might add, at least in Gentoo, because it's a crock.)
I don't think that PulseAudio is deprecated in Ubuntu. Anyone know for
PulseAudio has been (and still is) rough, especially when dealing with
pro and semi-pro interfaces or multiple interfaces. However, I think
that something is needed, and PulseAudio seems more capable than what
came before it (esd, arts, etc).
My personal problems that involve PulseAudio are:
- For some reason Input/Output configuration for a bunch of devices was
dropped (alsa say all inputs/outputs were present, and jack could use
them, but port audio wouldn't). Solution, drop one or more files in a
directory and restart pulse audio. Actually, my solution was to sell
that PCI card and get a USB interface.
- Sometimes gets "stuck". I only see this on one machine with a rather
old PCI sound card ( C-Media CM8738 chipset ). I blame pulseaudio
because restarting just it corrects the issue. The most common
trigger is flash, but nautilus and mplayer can also trigger it. When
I used 32bit linux, there was no issue, and when I use a different
sound device there is no issue.
 Of course, it just disappears from time to time, but that doesn't
appear to be pulse audios fault at all.
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