[alsa-devel] Use of _hint() functions and older machines
randell1 at jesup.org
Sun Oct 23 09:46:07 CEST 2011
On 10/22/2011 2:04 PM, Colin Guthrie wrote:
> 'Twas brillig, and Randell Jesup at 21/10/11 04:28 did gyre and gimble:
>> [ I initially posted this to the -users list, but it may be more
>> appropriate here ]
>> At Mozilla, we're in the process of adding support for WebRTC
>> (http://webrtc.org/), which is being standardized by the IETF (their
>> part is 'rtcweb'), and the W3C. This adds real-time audio and video
>> (and data) communication to browsers, peer-to-peer over encrypted channels.
>> We have a sound library that can load either Pulse or Alsa. However,
>> for Alsa, it wants to look at snd_device_name_hint() and also
>> _get_hint() and _free_hint(). It lazy-binds to libasound, so it will
>> dlopen() it and then dlsym() all the symbols it uses; if any fail it
>> unloads the lib and says it's not there. It uses the hint functions to
>> build a device list, for example for presenting to the user.
>> I have two problems:
>> 1) Firefox is build on machines configured with I believe Centos5, and
>> I'm told the machines run Alsa 1.0.12, while the hints() functions were
>> added in 1.0.14 (released June 2007). Right now I can't build release
>> or 'try' builds on the build servers because of this.
> Are you sure? CentOS 5 is fairly new and on a box I have access to:
> [csuk at shake ~]$ cat /etc/redhat-release
> CentOS release 5.5 (Final)
> [csuk at shake ~]$ rpm -q alsa-lib
> So I guess it's likely CentOS 4? Even still updating alsa-lib to 1.0.14
> should be pretty trivial and safe. Or do you not have any control at all
> over the version used?
In general no, I do not have any control. These are the 'hive' of build
and 'try' servers used at Mozilla; they run a "least-common-denominator"
set of packages so that we don't accidentally introduce a dependency on
a newer version. With 400+ million users, we need to be careful about
this. (I don't know how many of those are Linux, but it's still a
Also, the point here is we need to package a binary that will operate on
the minimum configuration we support. 10.1.14 was released initially
just over 4 years ago; I don't know when it got into distro releases,
but one would assume that would have occurred over the next 6 months to
a year, so users who installed more than 3-4 years ago might have
versions before .14, depending on if they installed updates.
>> 2) We'd like to run on older machines if possible, and official release
>> builds are made on those servers. On older machines, _hint() aren't
>> available, so even if I make them optional to dlsym-loading, I would
>> need some other method to get the information I assume using older,
>> now-deprecated-or-gone interfaces.
> Not sure, but I suspect strongly that you should simply not worry about
> this too much. While it's nice to give a good experience to everyone,
> people with systems 4 years old have got to expect a degree of
> degradation over a more recent install.
I understand, and I can try to make an argument for bumping the minimum
configuration required - and that might fly. But I need to know what
the alternative is to even make the argument for bumping.
Thanks for the reply!
randell-ietf at jesup.org
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