[alsa-devel] [pulseaudio-discuss] Documentation for how rewinding works

Raymond Yau superquad.vortex2 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 22 03:14:54 CEST 2012

2012-8-19 下午7:17 於 "Tanu Kaskinen" <tanuk at iki.fi> 寫道:
> Hi,
> While reviewing a rewind related patch, I noticed that I don't
> understand the rewinding code thoroughly, even though I have studied it
> a few times in the past. I decided that I should write a wiki page for
> the code so that working with it would be easier in the future for me
> and everybody else.
> So, here's the result:
> While doing that, I found quite a few bugs, which are noted on that
> page. I don't plan fixing them any time soon (help with that would be
> very welcome), so I will just file bugs about the issues so that they
> are not forgotten.
it seem that the alsa sink is more complicated than your figure.

Refer to figure 14 HD Audio DMA and buffering , section 4.6 Energy
Efficient HA audio mechanism

most sound cards have fixed size FIFO buffer instead of dynamic FIFO and
minimum transfer size(brust) similar to hda controller which snd_pcm_rewind
cannot rewind any audio data in those first in first out buffer.


1) do the server really need to rewind when there is only one pulse client ?

2) does pulseaudio add this rewind safeguard delay to the latency ?

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