firebird, java, artsd, sound

John Nielsen john at
Wed Oct 22 15:19:21 PDT 2003

Hey folks-

I just installed mozilla firebird 0.7 on my FreeBSD 5.1 machine.  I have 
also installed the native java 1.4.1 port (using linux java 1.4.2 to 
bootstrap the build).  After digging around to find the firebird plugins 
directory, I made a symlink to the java plugin there.  That all works fine.  
about:plugins tells me it's installed, and applets seem to run fine.

The problem I'm seeing is that when a java applet uses sound, and another 
application tries to use sound, the applet crashes, soon followed by the 
browser.  Once the browser exits, the sound in the other application will 
play.  I am using KDE as my desktop, so I assume that this has something to 
do with artsd.  The other application in question that makes sounds in 
kmess, which I use as an MSN Messenger clone.

I don't know if this is a configuration issue or a bug, and if it's a bug I 
don't know what program the bug is in.  So I'm hoping someone can shed some 
light on the situation--ideally one that leads to a solution.  Any takers?

Please CC me on replies.


John Nielsen
john at

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