Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 51298
playmidi and xplaymidi fail to start
Last modified: 2014-03-16 22:22:24 EDT
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Description of problem:
I tried the playmidi and xplaymidi commands to play a midi file. They both
fail with the message "open /dev/sequencer: No such device". The
/dev/sequencer device does exist. Permission is 600. I tried it as a
regular user and as root. I changed permission to 666 and 777. No change.
Commands still fail.
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Type "playmidi file.mid" or "xplaymidi file.mid"
Actual Results: Message appears "open /dev/sequencer: No such device"
The command fails and exits.
Expected Results: Should have played the midi file.
changing user accounts and changing permissions on /dev/sequencer doesn't help.
Do you have a soundcard with a sequencer device (what sound card do you have?)
My sound card is a Creative Ensoniq ES1371 [AudioPCI-97]. I can't find anything
in the documentation that mentions a sequencer device. The box says it has a
built-in MIDI interface, if that means anything.
That card does not have a HW midi synthesizer, so it doesn't have anything
playmidi could use.