[mythtv-users] Squeezesoft prevents audio in .24

Christopher Kerr mythtv at theseekerr.com
Wed Nov 17 05:28:22 UTC 2010

On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 4:21 PM, Jean-Yves Avenard <jyavenard at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi
> On 17 November 2010 15:36, Gabe Rubin <gaberubin at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I may just create a workaround by binding a key to the remote that
>> will start and stop the squeezeslave player.  Learning and configuring
>> Pulse is a little more difficult than what I want to do and may add
>> more issues (unless you think it is relatively straightforward).
>> Plus, I think squeezesoft requires use of alsa.
> If it does, configure it to use the "pulse" ALSA device ; it's designed for
> it
> Pulse has some downside compare to pure ALSA. You can't do passthrough, all
> audio will be resampled etc..
> but it was designed for the purpose of being able to allow more than one
> application to play sound at a time.
> There will often be some sync and latency issues, but it's not too bad
> anymore with 0.24.
> Pulse is still using ALSA.
>> >
>> > I can't see how this ever worked before... ALSA requires exclusive
>> > access to
>> > the hardware, if it's opened by one application, it can't be used by
>> > another
>> > ; that's why you have sound server like pulse audio.
>> >
>> Don't know what to say.  It worked.  I could not play from squeezesoft
>> and myth simultaneously, but the two never seemed to conflict with
>> each other.
> Did you upgrade squeezesoft lately?
> It seems that it keeps the audio card open even when not playing which is
> not great and is what's causing those issues.
> That's the problem: squeezesoft keeps the audio card open, and it's not
> available for anyone else to use. You will have the same issues with other
> program (mplayer, vlc etc..) they won't be able to play audio while
> squeezesoft is using the audio device.

I realise that nobody else cares, but it's "softsqueeze" and
"squeezeslave". There's no such program as "squeezesoft".

Phew. I feel better now.

- Chris

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