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Re: [SLE] Disable ARTS
  • From: Sid Boyce <sboyce@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 23:43:47 +0100
  • Message-id: <42910B23.9050806@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Anders Johansson wrote:
On Sunday 22 May 2005 20:41, John Bailo wrote:

Someone told me that Arts is the cause of a lot of sound problems in Suse.


Someone told you a half truth.

What is it?


It is the KDE sound daemon. It is responsible for managing sound streams and multiplexing them together. The problem some people have with it is that it tends to hog the sound device. If you have a really old or cheap card that can't handle multiple threads, it will tend to block non-arts aware programs from producing sound. This is the only problem I'm aware of, and if you have a reasonably new card it shouldn't be a problem at all


Can it be disabled and yet have the OS produce sound?


The OS doesn't produce sounds. KDE will not be able to produce sounds anymore, but other programs will still work. But this is an extremely unlikely source of your sound problems



I haven't had any problems with arts on 9.3, but there is a menu option in KDE to disable arts after an inactive time period.
The way to tell if something is holding on to sound "lsof /dev/dsp", if it says artsd, that's the problem, if it returns nothing, the problem is elsewhere.
Regards
Sid.
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