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I am using Red Hat Linux 6.2 & 7.0 on varrious intell compatible but
different plateforms. Any application using EsounD halts after some time
including GNOME itself. The time it takes varries much.
Steps to Reproduce:
using xmms or
enabling sound events in GNOME
Actual Results: After some time any of those application completely
halts, killing them may help, but the esd could possible be killed by the
Expected Results: I should have enjoyed great music out of it.
Given that noone else has experienced this problem that I know of, how can I
reproduce this on a clean install of stock RHL 7.0?
Does the problem occur only on machines with a particular sound card?
What is the minimum/median/mean/maximum time delay before these applications
Not some specific soundcard. I have got a CMM18330 & i have recently tested
this behavious on some other soundcards( by intel ). I have tried it on some
completelly different machines( only intel compatilble ). The time it takes to
halt depends heavilly on the load on CPU. However if i sit back & only xmms is
running, then it halts after some 15-20 mins.
I have come to know by experience that i get this problem when gnome( or X ) is
running. I have a Cirex M-II 333Mhz with 64MB RAM( 4 MB shared with Video
card ). I enjoyed great quality MP3 songs out of mpg123( a cammand line MP3
player that uses esd ) when i used it daily for 2 weeks without any GNOME( or
even X ) running. Only yesterday did it got hung when i started to work on
gnome in parallel.
Problem Reduced: Making the esd run explicitly( by 'esd &' ), before GNOME does
on startup, greatly reduces the problem. The applications still halts but for
only a sec.( or less ) on playing each sound. I have further observed that a
portion of beginning of every sound is not played untill & unless another sound
being play is in progress. E.g When I do 'esdplay /.../gnobots2/yahoo.wav', i
only hear some silence followed by 'yoo'. Repeating this after the sound is
played gives the same result. But if i repeat it before the first 'hoo' sound
is being played, i hear the complete sound & so on.
Not that I have been doing my best to find a solution (sorry for the delay), but
I hate to leave bugs just sitting around when no reproduction is possible.
'esdplay /usr/share/sndconfig/sample.au' is what I use for my "does esd work at
all" tests - no halting or truncation here. I need a test case that will produce
the problem for me - right now I just want to blame very slow hardware or
something, although that is just a wild guess.
Yes, your gues is right. I upgraded my system & i dont get this error any more.
But i would really like the system requirements for GNOME &/or esd explicitly
mentioned on their official websites.
Well, the main problem with hardware requirements is that it should all work
properly with your previous hardware as far as I know. It really just takes
effort by a knowledgeable person who has access to a system where the problem is
Thanks for your patience.