Luigi Pinna posted <200511191923.28403.mailing-gentoo@...>,
excerpted below, on Sat, 19 Nov 2005 19:23:24 +0100:
> I tried to use skype but it doesn't work
> If I use it as root I read it from console:
> No running artsd or esd found
> Starting skype without sound daemon
> and it works.
> If I use my user (root is only in a root console, no root session), I
> Running artsd found
> Starting artsd wrapped skype
> Running wrapped Skype failed, trying not-wrapped mode...
> and the program doesn't work!
What desktop are you running, KDE? If so, are you using the ARTS sound
daemon or not? Anything else (KDE's sound effects??) accessing sound at
the same time? What are the ownership and permissions on your sound
device (/dev/sound/dsp and/or /dev/snd/pcm)?
As a user, Skype seems to be configured to try playing thru ARTS first.
When that fails, it tries playing direct to the sound device. The thing
is that if ARTS or a similar sound daemon (ESD?) is running, it'll grab
exclusive use of the sound device, and nothing else will be able to use
it, even if it would be capable of sharing it otherwise. That's why it
tries thru ARTS -- if it's running it can't access the hardware directly
The problem could also be one of permissions, if your user isn't in the
audio group, or the devices have non-standard permissions or ownership.
(It could also be PAM and console permissions, if they are activated, but
Gentoo doesn't activate PAM's console.perms by default any more, due to
the frustration and bugs it tended to raise when things didn't work as
expected, and because there were than actually three places to check
permissions, devfs/UDEV, the devices themselves, and PAM. Without PAM,
there's only two.)
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