[alsa-devel] 2.6.26.[6|7]-rt11, alsa rawmidi, seq hang

Fernando Lopez-Lezcano nando at ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Fri Nov 7 01:58:05 CET 2008

(starting a new thread with the hope of being more precise after a lot
of testing and rebooting)

I'm seeing a realtime patch related hard hang in the kernel alsa
subsystem (MIDI input/output). In a nutshell:

- alsa rawmidi works (ie: "rawmidi -v -i hw:0" outputs a stream of
messages when pointed to a midi capable card that has an external
keyboard connected). 

- the alsa sequencer interface works (ie: aplaymidi connected to
aseqdump transfers data just fine). 

- BOTH combined do NOT work (ie: use aconnect to connect the port that
corresponds to the external midi interface to aseqdump: aseqdump hangs
forever after transferring the first message and the only way out is a

Just tested this on + rt11, Gina3G soundcard with an external
MIDI keyboard sending messages. This is not specific to the Gina card, I
have tested also USB midi interfaces and an RME hdsp card with a
Multiface interface. + rt21 works fine on the same hardware combinations. The
standard Fedora 9 2.6.26.x kernel works fine as well. 

I'm attaching the kernel configuration for the kernel I'm currently
testing plus a dmesg dump of the whole boot process (rt kernel hackers
can find there some additional sleeping in wrong context warning
messages there), including the output of a "echo t >/proc/sysrq-trigger"
that should show where aseqdump currently hangs (or so I think). 

Hopefully this will narrow the area affected enough so that a solution
can be found or more debugging info can be requested. Currently
2.6.26.x-rtx is unusable for musical purposes (at least when you have to
interact with external midi controllers). 

Thanks for any help...
-- Fernando

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