Can't access a music CD (or any other media now)

Conrad J. Sabatier conrads at
Mon Oct 24 18:07:21 UTC 2011

On Sun, 23 Oct 2011 18:21:14 -0400
Jerry <jerry at> wrote:

> On Sun, 23 Oct 2011 15:38:29 -0500
> Conrad J. Sabatier articulated:
> > On Thu, 20 Oct 2011 05:19:02 +0200
> > Polytropon <freebsd at> wrote:
> > > 
> > > What if you use Gnome's CD playing application, or something
> > > like XMMS with the CD audio plugin? I think your permissions
> > > are okay so you could make the drive play from your (non-root)
> > > user account.
> > 
> > No, it seems that there's a severe level of "brokenness" that has
> > been introduced into the source tree with regards to CD devices.
> > I've been exploring this issue on my own system the last couple of
> > days, and am no closer to arriving at a solution than when I first
> > started.
> > 
> > None of the CD-related apps I have installed are working.  cdcontrol
> > will read an audio CD OK, it seems, but playback is useless, since,
> > like most newer machines, I have no direct connection between the CD
> > drive and the audio device.
> > 
> > Apps such as kscd, xmcd, etc. report no disc or no device found.
> > grip (using cdparanoia) will detect an audio disc and even fetch the
> > correct cddb info, but ripping fails completely.  xmms reports "no
> > appropriate ioctl for device".
> > 
> > This is progress?
> I tried raising this issue over a year ago; however, it never got any
> traction.

Well, as I mentioned in an earlier followup, it's not *quite* as bad as
my first impression led me to believe.  After rebuilding a few ports
and adjusting the naming of my CD device for some of them from the
"/dev/cd0" device name to the SCSI address instead, they're working once

The problem remains, though, with all of the audio CD playing apps I've
tried.  Either they don't detect the drive, don't detect the disc, or
fail to read it properly.  Grrr!

It's definitely not a hardware issue per se, as I had Ubuntu running on
this box a while back and all the audio apps were working just fine.

If there have been some changes made in the kernel sources that
necessitate patching each and every audio CD-related port, then there's
something seriously wrong here, and it's time to take a step back and
look at what's going on.

Conrad J. Sabatier
conrads at

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