requesting help to make sound work on thin/diskless client

Raymond Gibson raymond.gibson at
Tue Oct 10 15:28:57 PDT 2006

On Monday 09 October 2006 19:43, Doug Poland wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 09, 2006 at 04:00:23PM -0500, Raymond Gibson wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I'm looking for help. I built a thin/diskless client that I boot via
> > etherboot. After power up the client boots and gives me a login
> > prompt. At that time I enter 'root' and I am presented with a command
> > prompt. I then enter 'X -query <server ip>' and X starts and it works
> > as expected.
> >
> > I would like to add sound. Unfortunately, I can't find documentation
> > describing this process. So, could someone explain to me how to
> > configure the client/server? My server is FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE.
> >
> > BTW: I installed an ISA soundblaster sound and compiled these lines into
> > my kernel. The kernel detects the sound card during boot-up.
> >
> > # Add the generic audio driver
> > device          sound
> > device          snd_sbc
> > device          snd_sb16
> I have had good results using /usr/ports/audio/esound.  Install on both
> the client and the server.  On the client, run something like this
> before you start X:
>  client% esd -tcp -public -promiscuous -beeps -trust -bind
> where is the IP address of the client's network interface.
> Connect to the server just as you have described.  When ever you run a
> program that has esd support compiled in, the audio will be directed
> to the client.
> Programs compiled with ESD support appear to direct sound to the host
> indicated by the DISPLAY environment variable.  That should set
> correctly if the server you're attaching to is running xdm, gdm, or kdm.
> You may also have to set ESPEAKER, but I've found that just DISPLAY
> works for me.

I'm not having much luck. I installed esound on both client and server.
I start esound on the server; esd &, the server responds with several beeps.
On the client I start esd as described above, I also hear beeps when esd 
I start X, then login to KDE.
I start Xmms with esound enabled. I get an error saying 'can't open audio'.

any ideas?

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