Catch-22 with Audacity and Jack

Lou Katz lou at
Sun Sep 14 21:24:41 UTC 2008

I had Audacity working just fine in my system:
        Linux puce 2.6.22-15-rt #1 SMP PREEMPT RT Wed Aug 20 20:39:06 UTC 2008 i686 GNU/Linux
until I installed something that wanted Jack. Then I got the dreaded:
        "Error while opening sound device. Please check the output device settings and the project sample rate."
message. Mind you Audacity was working up to this point, but the update messeger said that I had to update
jackd (despite the fact that I had completely (I thought) uninstalled it together with any config files and
didn't want it). As soon as I did the update, Audacity stopped working with the above dreaded message.
I cannot find any running programs (I did nothing at all after installing the update - just tried to run Audacity
that might interfere.

Using synaptic, I then marked jackd for complete removal. It does it. I immediately start Audacity. It now works,
but THE $#!%%#@! Update manager is back with the cute little orange icon telling me that jackd needs to
be updated!  WHY? I have deinstalled it. It is supposed to be gone, vanished, non-alive (like the parrot).
Why do I have to update a non-installed program? How do I turn off the notification without losing the
other update notifications?

Round and round and round ....


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