Amarok 1.4.4 has flat-out stopped working

Daniel Pittman daniel at
Wed Jan 3 07:48:47 GMT 2007

Scott <geekboy at> writes:

> It won't even launch from a terminal.
> I type "Amarok" at a bash prompt in Konsole and the cursor just sits there.
> There is simply no response.

I would guess that the audio engine is wedged while trying to open the
sound device.

> I suppose I should just start over from scratch.  In fact I tried to
> do that and it seems I've not deleted all the appropriate files.
> I deleted
> ~/.kde/share/config/amarokrc
> ~/.kde/share/apps/amarok
> And the problem persists.
> I'm running Amarok 1.4.4 on (K)Ubuntu 6.10 (i386).
> I don't get this. Amarok was running just fine a week ago.

I understand that.  Perhaps this will assist in locating some more
detail of where, exactly, it is hanging:

  sudo aptitude install strace
  strace -f amarok

Wait until that blocks, then see what it shows it was doing at the end.
I suspect that something like 'open("/dev/dsp"...)' will be on the

You can also use this to find out all the files it opens:

  strace -fe open amarok

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