Re: ALSA problems with 2.6.18-rc3
From: Alistair John Strachan
Date: Wed Aug 09 2006 - 18:04:58 EST
On Wednesday 09 August 2006 22:34, Lee Revell wrote:
> On Wed, 2006-08-09 at 22:22 +0100, Alistair John Strachan wrote:
> > On Wednesday 09 August 2006 21:57, Lee Revell wrote:
> > > On Wed, 2006-08-09 at 16:51 -0400, Gene Heskett wrote:
> > [snip]
> > > > I already have the 'alsactl restore' in my rc.local. Would there be
> > > > any harm in just adding the -F to that invocation, or will that just
> > > > restore it to a 'default' condition always. Seems like it would,
> > > > canceling anything you have done & then did an 'alsactl store' to
> > > > save..
> > >
> > > That's what I was suggesting - just add -F to the alsactl restore in
> > > your init script. It won't restore it to a default state - the only
> > > difference is that it will do a better job restoring your mixer state
> > > if new controls are added by a driver update.
> > >
> > > alsactl --help:
> > >
> > > -F,--force try to restore the matching controls as much as
> > > possible
> > I assume there are drawbacks to such an option, since whatever method is
> > used to "force" the control may make a mistake if similarly named
> > controls are renamed.
> > Personally, I think the correct approach would be to have more sensible
> > default values. Having the External Amplifier default off when it
> > cripples analogue output on emu10k1, and has no effect on digital output,
> > seems rather weird.
> It's impossible to predict the effect of some mixer controls across the
> wide range of hardware that ALSA supports. What makes sound work on one
> machine is likely to break it on another.
However, ALSA _has_ defaults for these controls, which I believe are
usually "off" or "zero". All I'm suggesting is that these defaults are
plainly suboptimal for emu10k1, and probably other cards to which this
statement simply does not apply. Shipping defaults is one thing, but shipping
useless defaults is quite another. We have policy all over the kernel for
providing "sane defaults" e.g. filesystem mount options.
> > Also, I never really understood the rationale for the "all zeros"
> > mixer default. Why not 50%?
> This is policy and policy belongs in userspace. Distros are free to
> ship with any default mixer settings they choose.
True, I suppose if the mixers aren't even vaguely compatible across
hardware, "zero" is your best bet. I still see people reporting bugs (such as
this) where the distro has failed them. -F is not a complete solution.
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