rplay fails to run

Tommy Trussell tommy.trussell at gmail.com
Sun Feb 8 23:37:46 UTC 2015


On Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 3:55 PM, Colin Law <clanlaw at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 8 February 2015 at 19:43, Maurizio Dall'Acqua <mau.h20 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > On Sun, 8 Feb 2015 17:33:24 +0000
> > Colin Law <clanlaw at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> On 8 February 2015 at 17:14, Maurizio Dall'Acqua <mau.h20 at gmail.com>
> >> wrote:
> >> > On Sun, 8 Feb 2015 16:55:04 +0000
> >> > Colin Law <clanlaw at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> >
> >> >> On 8 February 2015 at 16:30, Maurizio Dall'Acqua
> >> >> <mau.h20 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >> >> > Hello,
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I use Ubuntu 12.4.2 LTS and I would like to use rplay as a tool
> >> >> > to play sound events. I have installed from Ubuntu Software
> >> >> > Centre:
> >> >> >
> >> >> > -rplay-server
> >> >> > -rplay-client
> >> >> >
> >> >> >
> >> >> >
> >> >> > Unluckily rplayd doesn't start and gives the following error
> >> >> > message:
> >> >> >
> >> >> > rplayd: bind: Address already in use
> >> >> >
> >> >> > I have tried to use rplayd with the option --port=PORT but
> >> >> > whatever value I give to PORT the previous error message comes
> >> >> > out.
> >> >>
> >> >> I don't know much about rplay and have never used it, but are you
> >> >> sure the server is not already running, having been started by the
> >> >> install script?
> >> >>
> >> > Yes I'm sure because if I type the command:
> >> >
> >> > rplay /some/file.wav
> >> >
> >> > rplay doesn't play anything.
> >>
> >> I think from that you can be sure it is not working as you expect.
> >> That is not the same as the server not running.  You may be right
> >> though.
> >>
> >> Colin
> >>
> >
> > I'm afraid you're right. Upon your hint, just to be sure, I checked if
> > I could find the rplay process in the task manager. And I found it.
> > That can explain the address-already-in-use error message. But it
> > remains the basic problem that the command:
> >
> > rplay /some/file.wav
> >
> > doesn't play any sounds at all. I'm puzzled :/
>
> Presumably there are some configuration files somewhere to tell it
> which sound device to use and so on.  Perhaps it generates a log.
> Other than these general suggestions I cannot help I am afraid.
> Perhaps someone else uses rplay.
>

I don't use it either, but after some internet searches, it looks like the
path to success is to increase the level of logging and watch for error
messages in the log.

I do note that Ubuntu divides things into two packages: rplay-client and
rplay-server -- so I presume you might need to have the computer holding
the sound files using the rplay-server package, and the machine playing the
sounds running rplay-client ?

IF, however, you are just trying to play locally-stored sounds, then I
gather you might want to install sox and use its play command.
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