Re: something wrong with audio
- Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2018 07:29:53 -0500
- From: "Martin McCormick" <martin.m@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: something wrong with audio
Michael Lange <klappnase@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > Actually that would be '/dev/snd*' not '/dev/dsp' (the latter being the
> > old, obsolete oss sound device from way back when, which I doubt would
> > exist on Stretch at all).
> /dev/dsp surely exists in case the snd-pcm-oss driver module is loaded.
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Sometimes I am amazed at what I miss and it's right under
my nose. I am running Debian stretch with mostly no problems so
I looked for /dev/snd and there it is and it is a directory.
I also have /dev/dsp on this system because
snd-pcm-oss driver module is also loaded. The reason is a long
story but the old and new systems seem to coexist without
Some years ago, I wrote some sound applications in gcc
that use /dev/dsp or /dev/dspx depending on the number of your
sound device and I made the mistake of using ancient examples of
how to code access to /dev/dsp devices such as the ioctl commands
to set whether one wants stereo, mono and what sampling rate to
I off-handedly wondered where the sound stuff went but
figured it was in /dev somewhere but wasn't forced to look yet.
I don't know how I missed /dev/snd but I kept looking for
anything with pcm or dsp so, of course, never found it that way.
Thanks! Yes, I am my version of awake.
Martin McCormick WB5AGZ