xmms fails occasionally

Bjarne Wichmann Petersen freebsd.nospam at mekanix.dk
Mon May 26 11:42:31 PDT 2003

On Saturday 24 May 2003 19:24, Miguel Mendez wrote:
> On Sat, 24 May 2003 10:10:53 -0700
> "Aaron Peterson" <aaron at alpete.com> wrote:
> > dunno why.  it will finish playing a song occasionally, then beep and
> > pop up an error message that says it couldn't find the appropriate
> > plugin or the device is busy (audio device i assume).  I'm not running
> > any other a/v applications to take over the device besides KDE.  what
> > might possibly cause this phenomena?
> $10 says you have artsd running. You can disable it in the KDE control
> panel. artsd tries to play a sound, finds someone else is using /dev/dsp
> and waits until it is free. That's the moment when a song has just
> finished, artsd grabs the /dev/dsp and when xmms tries to reopen it,
> finds that it's busy.

I've got a similar problem... artsd isn't always willing to release the 
sounddevice even though though it is set to release the device emideately. I 
need to kill the artsd-process before I can play a sound again...

vchans might solve this

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