(rant) Is there any hope

teza tezalprod at gmail.com
Sat Feb 18 12:04:50 UTC 2012

Should try.Tango Studio
Le 15 févr. 2012 05:11, "Rick Green" <rtg at aapsc.com> a écrit :

> for Ubuntu Studio as a productive audio recording and mixing environment?
> Four years ago, I bought a Focusrite Saffire Pro 26 firewire interface,
> largely because it was listed as one of the best-supported by the ffado
> project.  I loaded up a copy of UbuntuStudio 8.04LTS.  The clean install
> wouldn't talk to the interface, but after I obtained a bleeding-edge copy
> of the ffado source from one of the developers, and recompiled locally, I
> was up and running.  I've used that installation for every recording I've
> done since.  For the most part it's stable, and I've learned to work-around
> its quirks
>  When 10.04 came out, I thought I'd upgrade, thinking I'd like to see the
> latest enhancements to Ardour, and it might be more forgiving of the order
> I start up programs.  But 10.04 wasn't stable enough to run jack for more
> than a few minutes before the xrun count went thru the roof.
>  Since then, I've tried every new release, and the regressions are
> stacking up faster than ever.
>  I recently did a clean install of 11.10 (amd64), and tonight gave it a
> first attempt with the firewire interface...
>  With 8.04, I start ffado-mixer, and it automatically starts the
> ffado-dbus-server.  With this one, it merely complains that the dbus server
> isn't running, so I'm forced to open a terminal and start it, then when I
> restart ffado-mixer, it tells me 'no supported devices found'.
>  This isn't exactly true, for when I go to a terminal and run ffado-test
> ListDevices, it clearly finds my focusrite pro26IO on node 1.
> I launch qjackctl, open the setup window, and select the firewire driver,
> accepting all the defaults for now.  When I attempt to start jack, it fails
> with a 'cannot connect to server as client' message.
> After many attempts and reboots, I discover that if I start qjackctl and
> start jack without attempting to start ffado-mixer or ffado-dbus-server
> first, then jack will actually start! (With 8.04, I HAD to start
> ffado-mixer first.)
>  I launch Ardour, open a new session, and start to record two tracks of
> whatever audio happened to be playing on the stereo at the time.  About 24
> minutes later, just as I'm getting complacent with no xruns recorded(!),
> jack inexplicably dies, but qjackctl doesn't know it, so it is locked up,
> too.  I ended up having to go back to the terminal and kill -9 everything
> jack-related I could find, then power down my interface, and power it back
> on, then restart qjackctl, and finally jack.  Only then could I tell Ardour
> to reconnect and save the session, but for some reason Ardour's transport
> was messed up.  I could move the playhead either directly, or with the |<<
> button, but the 'Big Clock' still showed the time at the end of the aborted
> capture, and the 'play' button or the spacebar had no effect.
>  I closed Ardour, then went to stop jack and close qjackctl, and qjackctl
> threw messages about a client still connected (Ardour was already shut down
> at this point), and after I press the 'close anyway' button, then qjackctl
> itself refuses to quit cleanly, and I get a 'program not responding'
> message from the window manager, and I'm forced to go back to the terminal
> and resort to kill -9 again.
>  The developers are over halfway into the 12.04 cycle now, so I don't see
> any point in submitting bug reports against 11.10 for all this.  Have they
> gotten to the point of publishing any pre-builds of 12.04, and would it be
> any help to install that and submit bugs against 12.04pre- instead?
> --
> Rick Green
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