Here we go again --- the fscking sound is baffling me again.
Ok, symptoms this time: The world was working great. Then
it stopped. XMMS, JuK, and Xine all went into a tight loop
early during startup; strace(1) showed each was doing first
a select(2) which was timing out, several gettimeofday(2)s,
the select again, repeat ad infinitum. Weird.
I then noticed that on each login, including after a reboot,
I was now getting a KDE pop-up message from KNotify written
in invisible ink (No! sorry, I seem to have lost the paper
I copied it down on... ;-( ) but which had something to do
with audio. So, taking that as a hint, I reconfigured the
audio using YaST2 (no problems). No more KNotify mystery.
XMMS and JuK now start up and act as-if there is sound coming
out. But there is no sound. (All this is when playing files
previously ripped to the hard disc.) Xine, however, can now
play an .ogg file Ok, as can play(1), aplay(1), and Rhythmbox.
I noticed `play' runs sox(1) with `-t ossdsp /dev/dsp' output.
Using that as hint, I reconfigured XMMS to use OSS rather than
automagically guess the output thingy. da da da Dum! XMMS is
Which just leaves JuK. Now having evidence the problem was
something broke in something non-OSS, I poked around inside
JuK with strings(1) and found it always(?) uses aRts (which
is, I _think_, a KDE sound something). Playing around some
with the `artsshell' and `artsplay' commands makes me think
it is indeed aRts which has gone belly-up for some reason.
At which point I'm stuck. Any ideas?
As to the obvious question, “what changed?”, I've no idea.
There were a number of YaST2-fetched/installed updates
between when this was all last known to be working and when
it was discovered broken, including something which somehow
fscked up my default KDE font settings. ;-( I presume an
update did it, but have no proof one way or another.
So anyways, presuming the problem is this aRts thingie, what
do I look for? And, for that matter, where is the doc on
aRts? I cannot find any on my system. ;-(
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