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SubjectRe: Is it time for remove (crap) ALSA from kernel tree ?
On 06/28/2007 06:34 PM, Anton Petrusevich wrote:

> Do you have an SPDIF out? If you don't then you don't need .asoundrc of
> course.

I do on a number of cards, although being without sensible equipment (other
than other soundcards) with an S/PDIF _in_ I don't actually use it for more
than testing purposes.

Why do I need or want an .asoundrc? What's wrong with just using the iec958
PCM device? Yes, I checked, and ICE1724 has it defined.

>> The first thing I don't know is why you need an .asoundrc at all.
>
> Because I want to route it differently, sometimes to spdif, sometimes to
> headphones,

These two consist of specifying different devices (iec958 and <see below>)

> sometimes to mix sounds from different apps. Well, my config may be a bit
> ancient as it was written when dmix was not default.

Right, it now is. The "default" device on your card uses both the dmix and
the dsnoop (for the capture direction) plugins and if you want direct access
without going through those plugins, you can select the direct "hw" devices
simply by specifying them.

> I have read some advices for ice1724 already. The main reason I wrote to
> lkml -- I hate .asounrc and reading docs about it. I hate "flexebility"
> that requires restarting apps after changing sound routes.

How would you _like_ things to work? asoundrc is a configuration file for
alsa-lib. Would you perhaps suggest that alsa-lib expand its API with a
snd_all_your_base_are_changed_out_from_under_you() application callback and
sets notifies on its configuration file(s)? The application may have done
things like enumerate the available PCM devices when it started up. Heck,
maybe it's _busy_ playing through some "route" that you just changed...

>>> Is there a tool which can be used to configure .asoundrc?
>> vi.
>
> I perfectly know this one. I would like to use some really user-friendly
> tool.

Some would say "emacs" now, but I'll not be as childish as that. I'm not
like that. At all.

> I am not about ice1724 or .asounrc here. I am trying to talk about
> user-friendliness of ALSA. It's very unfriendly.

In another recent post in this thread, I linked to:

http://forum.skype.com/lofiversion/index.php/t85880.html

Note how it starts with:

"Now that Skype uses ALSA for its sound I/O, I can set it up to work
properly with my multi-channel audio interface (an Echo Gina24 with an
8-channel ADAT interface chained onto it)."

That, as far as I'm concerned, says quite a bit. It says the flexibility is
welcomed and used. Sure, simple things should be simple and with myself
being a non-beginner-level user (user, not an audio professional) still not
using or needing any configuration indicates to me that things have been
partitioned correctly.

Yes, I can lose my way in the configuration as well when I play with it but
I expect I could actually fairly easily remedy this by learning more about
it before I start. And I expect for example that you hadn't heard of the
iec958 PCM device before this message so that you only _think_ stuff is complex.

Generally, I tend to have some opinions on this blind insistance people seem
to have they have an inalienable right to operate complex technology without
turning their bloody brain on. I've been ranting just about enough now
though so I'll not drag general "user friendliness" into it and just say
that if I would have, it would've probably included the line "go buy a copy
of windows and be gone" at some point.

Rene.

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