[alsa-devel] Can DMA address, periods, buffer size, etc change after hw_params is called?

Clemens Ladisch clemens at ladisch.de
Thu Jan 29 09:11:40 CET 2009

Hans-Christian Egtvedt wrote:
> I wonder if I must take care handling changes in DMA address, number of
> periods and period size in the prepare callback?
> Or are these locked after the first time prepare is called?

The hardware parameters like buffer/period size and sample format are
set by calling the hw_params callback; they are valid until a call to
hw_free (or another call to hw_params), which doesn't happen while the
stream is running.

The DMA address is selected by the driver in the hw_params callback, but
most drivers let the framework handle this by calling

The prepare and start/stop trigger callbacks are called only between
hw_params/hw_free, but they could be called multiple times, so you
should handle this stuff in the prepare callback only if your device
requires that this is done every time before a stream is started.

Best regards,

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