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Old 04-21-2006, 09:10 PM   #1
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KDE sounds causes artsd to crash with SIGABRT 6

Hi folks,

I seem have a problem with the soundserver in KDE...

I get a crash whenever a sound is tested from the Control Center: "The application Soundserver (artsd) crashed and caused the signal 6 (SIGABRT)". And if I turn on the soundsystem, then whenever a sound plays (i.e. system notification sounds), the same error occurs. And no sounds actually play, only crashes occur!

The funny thing is that I can play music from XMMS, and I can use the "play" command from the command prompt without any problems.

I have been using the Control Center to change the audio device: ALSA, Autodetect, Open Sound System, etc. None of these work, they all result in the same crash occuring... I have also used ALSACONF to reconfig ALSA, but to no avail.

Any ideas on what I can do to prevent this crash and get my sound working again?

Here's the entire backtrace:

The application Soundserver (artsd) crashed and caused the signal 6 (SIGABRT)

Using host libthread_db library "/lib/".
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
[New Thread 16384 (LWP 1875)]
[KCrash handler]
#5 0x407d3d81 in kill () from /lib/
#6 0x4066a681 in pthread_kill () from /lib/
#7 0x4066a9fb in raise () from /lib/
#8 0x407d3b14 in raise () from /lib/
#9 0x407d505d in abort () from /lib/
#10 0x407cd00f in __assert_fail () from /lib/
#11 0x400a3a18 in Arts::PlayObject_base::_create ()
from /opt/kde/lib/
#12 0x0806084c in Arts::SimpleSoundServer_impl::createPlayObject ()
#13 0x0805fc2a in Arts::SimpleSoundServer_impl:lay ()
#14 0x4004f1e7 in _dispatch_Arts_SimpleSoundServer_00 ()
from /opt/kde/lib/
#15 0x40428def in Arts::Object_skel::_dispatch ()
from /opt/kde/lib/
#16 0x4041eb35 in Arts:ispatcher::handle () from /opt/kde/lib/
#17 0x403f100e in Arts::Connection::receive () from /opt/kde/lib/
#18 0x404300d6 in Arts::SocketConnection::notifyIO ()
from /opt/kde/lib/
#19 0x404234f7 in Arts::StdIOManager:rocessOneEvent ()
from /opt/kde/lib/
#20 0x404239eb in Arts::StdIOManager::run () from /opt/kde/lib/
#21 0x40420c38 in Arts:ispatcher::run () from /opt/kde/lib/
#22 0x0806351c in main ()

Any help from you would be very much appreciated... I'm still pretty much a newbie, and have no idea how to read the backtrace details at this point...

Old 04-23-2006, 09:54 AM   #2
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Nobody of arts/KDE wizards seems to respond. Well, here's what I can tell you:
Some people think arts is not neccessary, some even call it evilware and remove it from their computers and use ALSA. I'd recommend do the same. Get ALSA working and configure all your apps to use it.
Old 04-23-2006, 10:08 AM   #3
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Try setting KDE to use Autodetect, then from a terminal as root issue "alsaconf" and setup your soundcard, then issue as user "alsamixer" and unmute and set your volumes, then issue as root "alsactl store" to save your settings. Hope this helps, as KDE and sound are buggy for me, too. At present with Slackware-current, KDE 3.5.2, custom kernel, alsa-driver-1.0.11rc3_2.4.32-i486-1 that came with Slackware -current original install --- this box is set in Sound System via kcontrol as Autodetect. This is in "ps aux":
mingdao@silas:~/LeiDan/files$ ps aux | grep -i alsa
mingdao  13238  0.0  0.0   1852   612 pts/2    R+   22:05   0:00 grep -i alsa
mingdao@silas:~/LeiDan/files$ ps aux | grep -i arts
mingdao   4255  0.0  2.0  95228 41832 ?        S    14:07   0:11 artsd -F 10 -S 4096 -s 60 -m artsmessage -c drkonqi -l 3 -f
mingdao  13241  0.0  0.0   1852   608 pts/2    R+   22:05   0:00 grep -i arts
Old 05-25-2006, 07:14 AM   #4
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Aha! I was able to FINALLY figure out the problem & the solution...

Basically, back in February I attempted to clean house by removing other packages that KDE multimedia needs to function (didn't know this at the time though)... Namely, the xine packages. After installing xine-lib, xine-ui and gxine, the problem completely disappeared!

I was able to figure this out by opening a terminal window when using KDE, andthen running "artsd" from the prompt (which would normally hang). Then, I attempted to test a sound from the Control Center Sound System, which caused a SIGABRT error. But it also caused an error to appear in the terminal window with more details, indicating that a particular file and it's symbolic link was missing - and after some simple searching here on LQ, was able to determine which package it belonged to - a xine package. So, I decided to reinstall the xine package trio, and no problems anymore!

Emerson & Chinaman: thanks very much for your input. Your reponses motivated me to get me looking throughout my system trying to figure out exactly what was going on.
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Old 02-09-2011, 04:36 AM   #5
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More mojo to you!

Props to you x94qvi! I was having the same problem (Slackware 12.2, KDE 3.10) and your solution did the trick! Some folks on the forum were even suggesting recompiling X.Org! The thought makes me shudder. Anyway, thanks dude, and more mojo to you!
Old 02-10-2011, 08:23 PM   #6
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No problem. Glad it helped!


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