is this IT or not/
kline at tao.thought.org
Thu Nov 22 15:49:55 PST 2007
On Fri, Nov 23, 2007 at 01:22:37AM +1100, Ian Smith wrote:
> On Wed, 21 Nov 2007 10:25:35 -0800 Gary Kline wrote:
> > On Wed, Nov 21, 2007 at 06:23:29PM +0100, Roland Smith wrote:
> > > On Wed, Nov 21, 2007 at 12:12:50AM -0800, Gary Kline wrote:
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> It actually says "could not open /dev/sequencer to get some info.
> Probably there is another program using it". where 'probably' may often
> be true on Linux, but here it's proved a less than helpful hint.
> > > Does /dev/sequencer actually exist?
> > >
> > > I think it's looking for a deprecated device. On my 7.0-BETA2 machine,
> > > the sound(4) manpage only lists /dev/audio*, /dev/dsp* and /dev/sndstat.
> > >
> > > Looking at the manual pages on the FreeBSD site, there was a
> > > /dev/sequencer in 4.x, but not in 5.x and later.
> That's about right, FreeBSD hasn't had MIDI since newpcm arrived, IIRC.
> I vaguely recall a few people missing it, but nobody offering any code.
So is MIDI just passe? What files I have are from the late
90's. In human terms that is relatively recent; it tech terms
the 1990's were centuries ago.
> > > BTW, 'cat /dev/sndstat' shows you the installed sound devices.
> > Right; I tried catting /dev/sndstat awhile ago. Didn't see much
> It's all in the handbook, but check out sound|snd|pcm(4) re tuning ..
> paqi% sysctl hw.snd
> hw.snd.targetirqrate: 32
> hw.snd.report_soft_formats: 1
> hw.snd.verbose: 2
> hw.snd.unit: 0
> hw.snd.maxautovchans: 4
> hw.snd.pcm0.buffersize: 4096
> hw.snd.pcm0.vchans: 4
> With .verbose=2 you'll see plenty of info :) and you can make good use
> of the vchans to stop KDE sounds and non-KDE programs (like XMMS etc)
> tripping over each other, by assigning one of /dev/dsp* to KDE, say.
This will be a *major* help, thanks!
> Kmid is for playing MIDI files using the soundcard synth chip, for which
> /dev/sequencer is the missing device, so it's of no use to you. I've
> used audio/timidity in the past to convert some .mid files of interest
> into .wav files on the way towards making .mp3s, but I never did get it
> to work to play .mid files directly. YMMV, there are later versions ..
> > This is also why lsof fails.
> Sorry, I don't see a connection with lsof?
---It was someone's guess; and to be fair, lsof has helped
previously. A chap from kde-freebsd clued me in somewhat
about Kmid. I spent several hours getting amaroK to work,
but don't see how the two programs interface. amaroK doesn't
understand *.mid files. ((?))
> > Hm, no src. Kmid is build from the kde3 source.
> Unless you really want to, you don't want to go there :)
Um, yeah! LOL. Atleast not till kde7 :-)
> KDE, despite all the *wonderful* porting done to FreeBSD, is still very
> Linux-centric in lots of its assumptions, I find. I use plenty of KDE
> but the sound system has always been a bear here. This laptop has never
> worked with ArtS so I don't bother with it, and I'll use Kmix for basic
> volume adjustments, yet need to use mixer(8) to switch recording device,
> and prefer using commandline scripts using sox and lame for recording.
> Which brings me to your earlier (unresolved?) question about missing
> sound on playing audio CDs .. first assuming your CD drive is properly
> externally wired to your soundcard(?), check the level on the 'cd'
> device, in Kmix 'input' tab or if in doubt, good ol' /usr/sbin/mixer:
> paqi% mixer
> Mixer vol is currently set to 90:90
> Mixer synth is currently set to 0:0
> Mixer pcm is currently set to 90:90
> Mixer speaker is currently set to 95:95
> Mixer line is currently set to 0:0
> Mixer mic is currently set to 0:0
> Mixer cd is currently set to 92:92
> Mixer line1 is currently set to 0:0
> Recording source: mic
I did have a "vfs." entry in the wong file; that has seemed to
make a big difference. On my Ubuntu server most of these
utilities Just-Work. I would like to burn CD's and maybe a
DvD or two. But k3b seems way too far. Do you--or anyone
else on-List--know if the gnome burner (*Baker) works out of
the box? ---I realize that our speciality is as-servers.
With stability. But since I'm building a new main machine
that is not my DNS/web/server, I'd rather stick with FBSD.
Nutshell: as many audio/video suites as possible.
> Good luck, Ian
Gary Kline kline at thought.org www.thought.org Public Service Unix
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