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Old 03-15-2006, 04:27 PM   #1
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alsa opens 2 media player instances

i just noticed this yesterday, and i'm stumped.

fc4, using alsa.

when i open a media player (vlc or xmms, so far, haven't tried any others yet), sysmon show the correct process open. however, as soon as a file, url, etc, is played, a second, identical process is opened, with the same command line options as the first instance.

however, no sound comes from the second instance, and if i close the first instance, the second also closes. the reverse is not true. if i kill the second process, the original process continues unabated (which is what i want...)

in digging deeper into the gnome system monitor gui, it shows that the second process has opened only a couple of files.

here's the open files for the initial instance:
0: /dev/null
1: pipe
2: pipe
3: pipe
4: pipe
5: local socket
6: network connection 192.xxxxxxxx : port
7: /dev/snd/timer
8: /dev/snd/pcmC0D0p

and for the second instance:
7: local socket /dev/alsa-dmix-15633-1142461391-748301
8: /dev/snd/pcmC0D0p

so, can this be avoided (the memory use for each process is similar, 130mb or so)?

how, and why is it happening?

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