[conspire] Good page about debugging Linux audio problems

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Oct 19 00:11:14 PDT 2011

Quoting Ruben Safir (ruben at mrbrklyn.com):

> Actually, i do think it has a dependency hell and it's archeteture
> is just insane.

Maybe I'm becoming a softie in my senescence, but here's the required
packages in current Debian-stable:

Depends: libasound2 (>> 1.0.18), libc6 (>= 2.9), libcap2 (>= 2.10),
libdbus-1-3 (>= 1.0.2), libgdbm3 (>= 1.8.3), libice6 (>= 1:1.0.0),
libltdl7 (>= 2.2.6b), libpulse0 (= 0.9.21-3+squeeze1), libsamplerate0,
libsm6, libsndfile1 (>= 1.0.20), libspeexdsp1 (>= 1.2~beta3.2-1),
libudev0 (>= 0.140), libx11-6, libxtst6, adduser, lsb-base (>= 3.2-13),
consolekit, udev (>= 143)

That's not light the way a proper kernelspace implementation would be,
but not what I'd call horrible.

> And at least in OpenSuse it won't work without gnome.

Huh.  Appears to be a packaging decision.  (Wow, I wonder what they
thought they were gaining through that?)  You probably already know, but
here's a page that gives details, including how to switch to either
esound or to just plain ALSA:


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