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

Jaroslav Kysela perex at perex.cz
Tue Apr 9 18:38:31 CEST 2013

Date 9.4.2013 18:11, Takashi Iwai wrote:
> At Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:52:23 +0200,
> Jaroslav Kysela wrote:
>> Date 9.4.2013 14:47, Takashi Iwai wrote:
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>>>> Author: Jaroslav Kysela <perex at perex.cz>
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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.

Yes, it is. But it looks like the best (or at least easiest to manage)
idea to solve the hotplug issues for the moment and we can optimize
things later.

>> Some other quick ideas:
>> - make the static/hotplug schemes depending on an environment variable
>>   passed through the bootloader

This variant seems most easy to implement using
ConditionKernelCommandLine or ConditionPathExists (this second option
may be probably better - a configuration file in /etc/alsa or so to
change the state management behaviour looks good).

>> - 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.

I will add the ConditionPathExists=/etc/alsa/state-static.conf and
ConditionPathExists=/etc/alsa/state-daemon.conf conditions and put back
the old static config files, if no better idea is offered.


Jaroslav Kysela <perex at perex.cz>
Linux Kernel Sound Maintainer
ALSA Project; Red Hat, Inc.

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