[alsa-devel] [PATCH] rme96 add stream synchronization and PM support

Takashi Iwai tiwai at suse.de
Thu Aug 15 10:37:55 CEST 2013

At Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:16:57 +0200,
Knut Petersen wrote:
> On 15.08.2013 08:22, Takashi Iwai wrote:
> > At Thu, 15 Aug 2013 08:01:05 +0200,
> > Knut Petersen wrote:
> >> On 14.08.2013 17:06, Takashi Iwai wrote:
> >>> Please resubmit only the second patch with the fixes.
> >> Ah, yes. That should have been obvious.
> >>
> >> After a 2nd thought I believe that  it is an even better idea
> >> not to abort but to handle that error condition graciously.
> > Why?  It's a serious error.
> The probability that two 64k vmallocs will fail is pretty low,
> and the probability that after that failure there is enough memory
> for an audio application to be executed successfully is even lower.

Yes, then why you must continue the driver probing even though it's
not fully functional in such an extremely bad situation?  If the
driver is critically important for the further operation, it'd make
sense.  But it's not the case.

> Nevertheless, in that unlikely case I would prefer max 0.37 seconds
> of silence (=skipped audio) during resume to a failed start of a
> recording caused by an unloaded module. Limited functionality
> is better than complete failure.

Even if so, your patch is still missing the handling of failure case.
Without the backup buffers, the driver cannot provide the full resume
functionality, but it still advertises as if it can.  It'd make the
suspend code conditional, setting the RESUME info flag dynamically,

It'd be much simpler to just let the driver aborting the problem in
the error of memory allocations.


More information about the Alsa-devel mailing list