[alsa-devel] snd-usb: "delay: estimated 0, actual 352"

Andreas Mohr andi at lisas.de
Wed Jan 8 21:43:02 CET 2014


I can very well believe that bogus triggering of this spewing message
is now fixed by your patch (thanks!), but:

I get the very same message here on OpenWrt's 3.10.24
(verified to be properly containing your patch!),
when playing usb-audio on TL-WDR3600 MIPS via MPD mp3 streaming, *and then*:


    modprobe zram num_devices=4

    # Set disksize of 16MB for /dev/zram0
    echo $((16*1024*1024)) > /sys/block/zram0/disksize

    mkswap /dev/zram0

    # For zram, use higher prio than for traditional swap devices.
    swapon -p 100 /dev/zram0

Executing these commands will cause the status/error message to
loop again (when doing so manually, it's directly after having executed
the swapon command).

IOW: messages did not appear, then mkswap, then infinite loop, then run
    mpd stop
then they're gone again.


[183532.990000] delay: estimated 240, actual 0
[183533.000000] delay: estimated 240, actual 0
[183533.010000] delay: estimated 432, actual 288
[183533.020000] delay: estimated 528, actual 288
[183533.020000] delay: estimated 528, actual 288
[183533.030000] delay: estimated 288, actual 48
[183533.040000] delay: estimated 288, actual 48
[183533.050000] delay: estimated 432, actual 288
[183533.050000] delay: estimated 576, actual 288
[183533.060000] delay: estimated 528, actual 288

My running theory is that that mkswap causes a rather insurmountable
temporary lockup of relevant system processing resources,
which causes audio handling to get out of lock-step, infinitely
(*that* one really shouldn't happen, right!?),
not to be resolved until finally playback gets stopped again.

That message is discussed at
"MPD filling kern.log with "delay: estimated 0, actual xxx""
as well, but I don't know whether that one is pre- or post-patch ;)
(as opposed to my case, which definitely is post-patch)

Note also that I'm experiencing rather weirdly crackling sound when using
    aplay /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Front_Center.wav
, but only *every other time* that I'm executing this command.
But in this aplay case this delay message does *not* get produced,
so I suspect that that crackling is a different issue.

Wellll... perhaps not quite:
snd-usb-audio param nrpacks=1 (as favourably mentioned by the URL above)
does solve both the mkswap looping error
and the aplay crackling (and solves arec crackling / echoes / corruption, too!).
However I guess that nrpacks=1 is not something that you would want to
have in an optimally performing system...

usb-audio running on a bus-powered USB2 hub connected to USB2 router port,
with certain other devices producing activity (FTDI RS232, X10 lirc remote).

Hmmmm (any interesting thoughts?),

Andreas Mohr

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