[alsa-devel] Non-blocking snd_pcm_drain?
daniellsanz2 at gmail.com
Sat Nov 10 18:57:11 CET 2012
If I don't drain the buffer, then I don't hear the entire sound, even
though I think I'm writing correctly all the frames.
Here's the relevant code (playback of 2 seconds of a sound file
represented by file pointer "fp"):
snd_pcm_hw_params_get_period_size(params, &frames, 0);
buffer_size = frames * channels * 2;
buffer = (char*)malloc(buffer_size);
snd_pcm_hw_params_get_period_time(params, &period_time, NULL);
for (loops = (2 * 1000000) / period_time; loops > 0; loops--)
fread(buffer, sizeof(char), buffer_size, fp);
if ((err = snd_pcm_writei(handle, buffer, frames)) == -EPIPE)
else if (err < 0)
printf("ERROR. Can't write to the device. %s\n", snd_strerror(err));
On Sat, Nov 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM, Clemens Ladisch <clemens at ladisch.de> wrote:
> Daniel Sanz wrote:
> > I noticed that the snd_pcm_drain call blocks until the buffer is
> > completely drained. Is there any way to drain the buffer without
> > a block?
> Try calling snd_pcm_nonblock(handle, 1).
> > I've tried calling snd_pcm_nonblock(handle, 1) before the call to
> > snd_pcm_drain but it does not work.
> How so?
> > The context is that this is an application that plays a particular WAV
> > sound repeatedly, so I don't want to wait until the sound is played
> > completely before it is played again.
> Then why do you drain at all? Just write the new data into the buffer.
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