[alsa-devel] Handle large period size end-of-stream situation

Gabriel M. Beddingfield gabrbedd at gmail.com
Thu Apr 4 07:35:30 CEST 2013

On 04/03/2013 08:07 AM, Patrick Lai wrote:
> I am dealing with a use case requiring passing large buffer down to the
> DSP. Application in the user-space passes PCM through mmap interface.
> Per my understanding, ALSA is designed to work with DMA. Data is
> transferred in chunk equal to period size. At the end of playback,
> there may not be enough audio data left in the music stream to fill
> entire period. If remaining audio data only takes up very small chunk
> of period, playback takes longer to stop. Given that period size I have
> to deal with is quite large, this problem is observed easily. If my
> understanding is correct, what is the standard/recommended way of
> handling end of stream case?

In the typical end-of-stream case, you simply write the data that you 
have.  When the hw pointer catches up to the application pointer, you 
get an XRUN and the stream stops immediately.  There's no requirement 
that streams have to stop on period boundaries.


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