[MPlayer-dev-eng] [patch] prefer ALSA over OSS

Uoti Urpala uoti.urpala at pp1.inet.fi
Sat Apr 28 20:27:07 CEST 2007

On Sat, 2007-04-28 at 18:47 +0200, Attila Kinali wrote:
> On Sat, 28 Apr 2007 16:23:14 +0200
> Adrian Bunk <bunk at stusta.de> wrote:
> > MPlayer supports both ALSA and OSS, and this patch changes the order to 
> > check for ALSA before checking for OSS.
> I'm against it.
> OSS emulation of ALSA is a lot less error prone than
> alsa itself. Yes, you read right. Whom ever i had to
> help with sound problems (broken driver system or
> A/V sync problems) in the last two years always
> had problems with ALSA that were easily solved
> by using the OSS emulation.

If you say "always", then I think it only shows your sample is very
limited and is not reliable evidence. I remember several problems from
both IRC and mailing lists that were related to OSS use but worked with

OSS also has problems that are present on any machine, such as lack of
support for audio pause (always causes temporary desync on
pause/unpause, can be bad if you step several frames).

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