Ticket #375 (new defect)

Opened 15 years ago

Last modified 15 years ago

playback of recorded prompts fails

Reported by: kmaclean Owned by: kmaclean
Priority: major Milestone: SpeechSubmission 0.1.7
Component: SpeechSubmission Version: SpeechSubmission0.1.4
Keywords: Cc:


Robin said (from this post):

A new Dutch 'speech submitter' tried to playback the prompts he recorded using the Java submission app. He got this error:

unable to open the line: javax.sound.sampled.LineUnavailableException?: Audio Device Unavailable

He posted a screenshot here:


--- (Edited on 2/15/2008 11:11 am [GMT-0600] by Robin) ---

data regarding his installation:

java -version java version "1.6.0_03" Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_03-b05) Java HotSpot?(TM) Client VM (build 1.6.0_03-b05, mixed mode, sharing)

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; nl; rv: Gecko/20080207 Ubuntu/7.10 (gutsy) Firefox/

Change History

comment:1 Changed 15 years ago by kmaclean

Firefox on Linux \w Sound Emitting Flash Controls

From this post:

I had the same problem as the poster above. This problem happens in Firefox on Linux if you have a flash component in one of the browsers other tabs that causes firefox to grab control of the soundcard, so that Java is unable to get exclusive access to the card when it needs it (Java does not go via firefox).

Essentially the problem is that niether firefox nor Java connect via ALSA which allows all applications to connect at the same time, but try to take control of the raw sound device themselves. This is what I see when I run the lsof command to see which applications are using the sound devices:

root@dominic-laptop:/etc# lsof | grep snd
mixer_app  5578    dominic   19u      CHR     116,10                14218 /dev/snd/controlC0
totem     30649    dominic   17u      CHR     116,10                14218 /dev/snd/controlC0
firefox-b 30797    dominic  mem       CHR      116,8                14183 /dev/snd/pcmC0D0p
firefox-b 30797    dominic   44r      CHR      116,2                13897 /dev/snd/timer
firefox-b 30797    dominic   49u      CHR      116,8                14183 /dev/snd/pcmC0D0p

As you can see, whereas totem and mixer_app connect via ALSA (controlCO) at the same time, firefox connects directly to the raw sound device (pcm...) and so prevents Java. This problem goes away by closing the tabs that have sound producing flash controls.

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