[Bug 235146] Re: Squeak package missing sound plugins

Jerome Peace Peace_the_Dreamer at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 24 05:22:55 BST 2009

Hi I posted this to the squeak-dev list
but I was really trying to get it to the attn: of Jordan Mantha.
The email address I had been given for him bounced. So I am repeating the post here.
If someone can bring it to his attention I would appreciate some response. --Jer

Jerome Peace, bug tracker here.

I recently started using squeak on a Ubuntu system. I am old to squeak
but new to Ubuntu and Linux.

So everything about setting up is new.

Presently loading what Ubuntu offers as a download causes squeak to
operate without sound. The vm-sound-ASLA and vm-sound-OSS plugins do not
come with the offered package. This has been a problem for over a year.

I am pushing to find someone to act on a solution that solves the
problem, not just for myself but for all other naive Ubuntu users who
just want to use squeak.

Proof that the solution is in place will be to download and install the
Ubuntu offered squeak and have it work with sound.

I have written the squeak-dev list and you can find the posts in the April 2009 archives by searching for Ubuntu.

You were mentioned by Matej Kosik as the maintainer of the Ubuntu
distribution. So I am writing you to let you know what is going on.

Any help you can offer will be appreciated. Copying your replies to the
list will be helpful.

The actions I would like to see taken are these.

1) The priority of the bug on launchpad should be changed from
undecided to major or blocking. Computers can interface with users only through the sense of sight or sound. To be missing one of them blocks half of their abilities.

2) Sound can be restored to future downloads by simply coping the 
vm-sound-ALSA plugin from the Etoys distribution into the squeak distribution ( the copied file to be named vm-sound-ALSA.so to go along with the naming scheme.) Nothing more than that is needed to solve this bug.*

3) An update should be made available to 8.04 LTS and others that 
checks for the squeak package, checks the squeak vmplugin library 
iff vm-sound-ALSA.so is missing it recreates and installs that file.

4) These actions taken with the priority implied in step 1.

This fix would probably fix problem that MIT's Scratch is having as

Yours in curiosity and service, --Jerome Peace

*You may have a wish to recreate the plugin from source. I imagine the
source for the Etoys plugin would do for a start. Or others more
knowledgable than I could point to it. The existing binaries have worked
fine in my tests.

My main point is that this is a serious enough bug that it deserves to
be squashed NOW without further delay.

Squeak package missing sound plugins
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Status in “squeak-vm” source package in Ubuntu: Confirmed

Bug description:
Binary package hint: squeak-vm

Ubuntu 8.04
package squeak-vm 1:3.9.8-3ubuntu1
/usr/lib/squeak/3.9-8 should contain vm-sound-ALSA and vm-sound-OSS

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