USB sound devices with FreeBSD-CURRENT

Kevin Oberman rkoberman at
Tue Sep 15 18:45:25 UTC 2020

I have a build of Firefox in progress and see no use of /tmp. Not sure
about what Linux uses tmpfs for, so probably not relevant.

In any case, Firefox takes about 2.25 hours to build on my 9.5 year old
ThinkPad T520. That is about less than for many ports. Libreoffice takes
about 4 hours and Chromium took over 13 hours the last time I built it.
That was months ago as I have banished it for its egregious data
collection, not to mention over half a day to build. Still, building
Firefox does take time (computer's, not mine) and resources.

I'm just confused as to what the audio system selection should make a
difference as long as it works for wired audio. I use an external Bluetooth
transmitter for audio out on my old, Bluetooth free laptop, so I am likely
missing something fundamental.
Kevin Oberman, Part time kid herder and retired Network Engineer
E-mail: rkoberman at
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On Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 9:50 AM Ralf Mardorf <ralf-mardorf at>

> On Tue, 15 Sep 2020 18:35:58 +0200, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> >disclaimer: My domain is audio, but I'm a Linux power user, so this
> >hint might be useless for FreeBSD.
> >
> >It's possible to compile Firefox with
> >
> >  ac_add_options --enable-jack
> >
> >to enable support for the jack sound server. I suspect this should work
> >for FreeBSD, too, but I'm not sure, if it helps as a workaround with
> >your particular issue.
> PS: I forget to mention, that in my experiences Firefox failed to build
> in a 3.9G tmpfs (on Linux). It requires much space, at least 1 bit more
> than 3.9G and it takes way longer than compiling a bloated (not
> tailored) Linux kernel. Compiling Firefox takes resources and/or time.
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