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Old 07-13-2004, 11:09 PM   #1
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How can I efficiently play a sound (under Linux)

I have tryed using a fork() and exec() to run esound but this method is very slow and I am curious if anybody know of any functions/libraries that can be used to play a sound efficiently and not have to wait half a second for esound to load up and play.


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If you have aplay installed, type in aplay /path/to/sound/file

That should work for root and users.


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Thats not really the point I was getting at... heh

you see, typing in a command such as aplay, or esdplay, is done by calling that program to run - essemtially it is a command line.

To do this, in programming, you do a fork() and then a form of exec() to run that file.

There is about a 1/4 of a second delay for this method to finally kick in and the sound to start playing... Thats bad for what I want it to do.

Now, I could use OpenAL, but, what I was getting at, is there an easy way to get it to play a sound file without having to go through some elaborate API/SDK???

In windows, you could just include windows.h and do a PlaySound() function, simple as that. In linux, is there a similar methodology without having to do the slow fork/exec??

Thanks for the reply tho,

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