rplay fails to run

Nils Kassube kassube at gmx.net
Fri Feb 13 11:11:09 UTC 2015

Maurizio Dall'Acqua wrote:
> On Tue, 10 Feb 2015 22:31:57 +0100
> Nils Kassube <kassube at gmx.net> wrote:
> > Maurizio Dall'Acqua wrote:
> > > On Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:27:33 +0100
> > > Since there isn't /dev/dsp in a default Ubuntu system what can
> > > replace it? I mean can I create a symlink to
> > > /dev/default-ubuntu-audio-device? If so, what is it?
> > 
> > Nowadays sound is handled by pulseaudio or at a lower level by ALSA.
> > I think most applications use those sound systems instead of the old
> > OSS (which used /dev/dsp). If you really need /dev/dsp for some
> > reason, you can install the package "osspd".
> Thanks for the suggestion. I have installed "osspd" package but rplayd
> gives the same error message:
> rplayd: rplay_audio_init: cannot open /dev/dsp
> Should I do something more than installing "osspd"?

Well, maybe you should consider using some other application ...

If rplayd can't open /dev/dsp, it seems to be quite broken to me. After 
all that file is world readable and world writeable. And considering 
that the main website doesn't have much real info except a link to the 
source code (from 1999), that application may not be useful any more.


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