Follow up: Sound in multiple Linux progs

Alexander Leidinger Alexander at
Thu Jun 14 18:01:57 UTC 2007

Quoting "Alexandre Vieira" <nullpt at> (Thu, 14 Jun 2007 12:27:41 +0100):

> Hello,
> This is a followup of thread:
> For several years i've been using freebsd to play many FPS kind of games
> (RTCW, Enemy Territory, Quakes, etc..) and I always have the same problem
> with Linux programs running under binary compatibility and /dev/dsp. Virtual
> channels won't work, whenever a launch a linux program that uses /dev/dsp*
> any other linux program won't be able to open the device for read or write.
> I wonder if there is any workaround/fix on this matter. My workaround is
> always to have 2 sound cards on the machine so I can use for example
> TeamSpeak and Enemy Territory. Each program will use a different dsp device
> and it works.

Enable vchans instead:

 % sysctl -a | grep vchan
hw.snd.maxautovchans: 16


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