Debian Stretch Am Confused about /dev/dsp
- Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2018 12:14:57 -0500
- From: "Martin McCormick" <martin.m@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Debian Stretch Am Confused about /dev/dsp
After successfully installing stretch on a system, there
was no /dev/dsp. I needed to play some mp3 files and so
installed mplayer. The mp3's played and I also discovered
/dev/dsp for the on-board sound chip and /dev/dsp1 for a USB card
which began to work when used with an application I wrote that is
a few years old and makes use of /dev/dsp.
I was thankful that the install of mplayer and several
dependent libraries seemed to have restored the dsp devices so I
powered down the system and have brought it up today to find that
once again, no /dev/dsp. Something got turned on during the
installation process that doesn't default to on. Where should I
look as I can do that quicker than I can rewrite the application
to do whatever you must do these days to speak to a sound device.
The system has alsa-utils but I was under the impression
that these days, one should not install alsa-base. As I
reported, this system is capable of /dev/dsp but it seems to have
lost it again. That is why I am confused.
Thanks for any constructive suggestions.