[alsa-devel] 2.6.31.x vs. rme vs. alsa 1.0.22?

Fernando Lopez-Lezcano nando at ccrma.Stanford.EDU
Tue Feb 23 00:51:29 CET 2010

On Tue, 2010-02-16 at 17:58 -0800, Fernando Lopez-Lezcano wrote:
> Hey, has anyone been seeing strange behavior from this combination?
>   kernel 2.6.31.x rt20 + alsa 1.0.22 userland
>   RME card (pcmcia card + multiface)
> hdspmixer is not doing the right thing (does not initialize the card in
> a way in which playback works), it does not see the hwdep interface (or
> something like that) and disables metering,

This is what hdspmixer prints when I attempt to run it:

$ hdspmixer

HDSPMixer 1.6 - Copyright (C) 2003 Thomas Charbonnel <thomas at undata.org>
This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY
HDSPMixer is free software, see the file COPYING for details

Looking for HDSP cards :
Card 0 : HDA Intel at 0xfe020000 irq 17
Card 1 : RME Hammerfall DSP + Multiface at 0xc0000000, irq 16
Multiface found !
1 Hammerfall DSP card found.
Initializing default presets
HwDep ioctl failed. Metering stopped

> alsamixer even segfaults
> when I reach the end of the controls listed. Plain weird. Smells like
> something changed deep in the kernel that makes alsa-lib very unhappy.
> Alsa-tools rebuilt from source does not make a difference. 
> Weirdness goes away when I boot into rt23...
> Is there anything in alsa-* that depends on which _kernel_ is available
> at compile time?

I have been trying to see if I can figure _anything_ out of this...

A diff of 2.6.29 (last known working) against reveals
something that might have an influence on the problem:

in snd_hdsp_create_hwdep there are two lines added:

+ hw->ops.open = snd_hdsp_hwdep_dummy_op;
  hw->ops.ioctl = snd_hdsp_hwdep_ioctl;
+ hw->ops.release = snd_hdsp_hwdep_dummy_op;

And snd_hdsp_hwdep_dummy_op just returns 0...

Other differences between the two files (not that many) seem irrelevant
to me. 

I imagine this is what is causing the difference in behavior (hwdep
fails). Any suggestions on what I could try to fix this?

Thanks for any help!

-- Fernando

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