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Old 11-08-2009, 12:16 AM   #1
black hole sun
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Old app wants /dev/dsp - dsp's busy [resolved - gstreamer backend's better than xine]

So I'm trying to use gtick, the only metronome I've found, but which hasn't been updated in a while. It wants to use /dev/dsp and that just gets me a "device or resource busy."

Why is it busy? lsof | grep dsp nets nothing.

If this is the wrong file to use, I can tell it what device file to use. The question is - what? What kind of files is ALSA using these days?

I've got all my OSS support modules loaded...

Last edited by black hole sun; 11-08-2009 at 12:34 AM.
Old 11-10-2009, 04:09 AM   #2
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I had a similar case a few days ago. For some reason /dev/dsp was busy. When I did lsof /dev/dsp, some mount showed up. I can't remember exactly what it was, and it's really strange that mount used /dev/dsp. It worked after I unmounted the trouble maker.

Anyway, I'm guessing this isn't of much help since you don't get any reply from lsof..


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