[alsa-devel] [alsa-cvslog] [ALSA GIT]ALSA utilities repository branch master updated. v1.0.26-26-ge05b903

Takashi Iwai tiwai at suse.de
Tue Apr 9 18:11:35 CEST 2013

At Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:52:23 +0200,
Jaroslav Kysela wrote:
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> >> Author: Jaroslav Kysela <perex at perex.cz>
> >> Date:   Mon Apr 8 14:49:31 2013 +0200
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> >>     alsactl: move systemd config to the daemon mode
> >>     
> >>     Signed-off-by: Jaroslav Kysela <perex at perex.cz>
> > 
> > I'm not thrilled by the silent default behavior change like this.
> > This will affect all systems using systemd from now on.
> > 
> > I understand the reason behind it, but I wonder whether it's an
> > overkill.  Yet another daemon, unconditionally no matter whether
> > hotplug or not?  Hmm...
> The question is, how we can detect the hotplug scheme. Almost all
> systems have USB today and laptops have PCI express card slots, so....
> Fedora has the systemd configs in the alsa-utils package. A removal of
> this package is sufficient do disable the daemon.

Yes, but then this would break the formerly working environment, too.

> Eventually, we can
> save the state periodically using cron (without the changes tracking),
> but my measurement is that the alsactl daemon eats approx. 150kb of memory.

I'm not concerned about alsactl memory footprint so much.
But having another daemon unconditionally just to save/restore the
mixer status is a question.

> Some other quick ideas:
> - make the static/hotplug schemes depending on an environment variable
>   passed through the bootloader
> - another two packages on top of alsa-utils with two configs

Manageable, but maybe will become a bit messy...

> - save the last state inside the driver and offer it to the userspace
>   upon the card removal (seems overkill)

This won't be that bad, I think.  But, accessing the information after
removal is the problem, after all.  The device and proc files are
removed at disconnection, so user-space can't access it.  Otherwise
the normal "alsactl store" should have worked.  So this can't be a
card-basis interface.

A possible w/a would be that we can keep some stable ctl lists and
provide it as a (one-time) death message from a global proc or a sysfs
file, for example.  Then we don't need periodical sync.

Whether this is a better option?  I dunno, honestly, too...

> - run multiple daemon instances per hotplug card; the question is how
>   to detect the static card in the system (perhaps checking the PCI
>   config?) to avoid the daemon startup for those static cards

Yeah, when thinking a PCI hotplug, it's not easy.


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