[alsa-devel] Building alsa drivers as part of alsa vs kernel external module

Takashi Iwai tiwai at suse.de
Mon May 26 16:50:47 CEST 2008

At Mon, 26 May 2008 14:48:12 +1000,
Ben Stanley wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm trying to compile the AudioScience driver as an external kernel
> module (i.e. using the alsa in the kernel, rather than as a module
> within the alsa tree).
> What source code transformations can I expect to have to make?

Copy alsa-driver/pci/asihpi/*, modify Kconfig and Makefile.
Remove inclusion of adriver.h, and eventually fix the build error.

> Is there some documentation anywhere on what transformations are
> performed as standard?

There is no standard for doing this.  The only standard is to build
the modules in alsa-driver tree.

> Or is there a proper way that the module should be written so that it
> compiles both ways?
> Of course, I understand that patches will most likely be required for
> the module to compile against older kernels in particular. This kind of
> problem is usually dealt with by autoconf. Is there a standard way of
> doing this for just compiling a module directly for the kernel? I see
> that alsa has its own set of autoconf macros, and when I compile
> directly for the kernel (and its embedded alsa) I will lose the benefit
> of that.

Yes.  The compatible layer for older kernels is really messy, and you
just need do trial and error...


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