[alsa-devel] Monitoring ALSA's write pointer (appl_ptr)?
Brian-Welch at cox.net
Wed Nov 5 04:10:13 CET 2008
>> Is there a definitive/safe way to monitor ALSA's write pointer in the
>> dma_area? It seems like the ack callback and the appl_ptr is the
>> correct way, but I was told by another developer that appl_ptr doesn't
>> work in all cases.
>> As a future optimization for my hardware, I may want to tell ALSA to use
>> a specific area of physical memory for it's dma_area, what is the best
>> way to do that?
> A good question. The ack callback is called only when the explicit
> read/write method is used. When mmap access is used, it won't be
> One hack would be to check appl_ptr in the pointer callback. This
> callback is called in snd_pcm_hwsync(), too. So, if you watch the
> appl_ptr change as frequently as possible, it'd be a good place for
Thanks. I'll try reading appl_ptr from within the pointer callback.
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