Subject: Re: [ecasound] WHAT! ECASOUND BLOCKS ON NO INPUT
From: Jeremy Hall (jhall@UU.NET)
Date: Wed Apr 26 2000 - 16:11:31 EEST
I am having trouble understanding the alsa loopback device. How does it
work, and where in this massive amount of documentation from alsa may I
In the new year, Kai Vehmanen wrote:
> On Sun, 23 Apr 2000, Jeremy Hall wrote:
> > ecasound blocks on read when there is no data on a channel. this is a
> > serious bug that needs to be looked at.
> Hmm, well actually this is a feature. Ecasound opens all inputs and
> outputs in blocking mode. In other words, when ecasound reads from input,
> the next input (or chain) isn't processed until ecasound...
> a) gets the requested bytes
> b) end-of-file has been reached
> c) there's an error
> Fundamental idea behind this design is that all inputs are somehow
> related to each other. The above mechamism ensures that all inputs
> will stay in sync with each other.
> This design doesn't suit well for situations, where inputs are separate
> signal sources (ecasound is used as a kind of esd replacement). I'm not
> sure whether it's possible to come up with a design that fits both these
> situations... In the latter case, it might be better to use multiple
> ecasound instances, and connect them using ALSA loopback or esd. In the
> future, it might be possible to route signal streams using the aRts
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