> "Error opening Audio Device (please... )"
As you seem to use the Gnome desktop, i am quite sure you are
using the "esd" (E-sound daemon) because this is Gnome's
default. Audacity is annonyied with that but there are
workarouds. "esd" is a network sound daemon that mixes all
audio streams that applications gives to him (say xmms+gnomeICU
icq events+various gnome notification sounds). Those gnome
applications are configured to use the E sound daemon instead
of /dev/dsp directly. This is then the role to Esound to use
(and lock) it, so that Esound is the master. This is very
convenient for Gnome apps that use the Esound abstraction.
However, Audacity is not currently able to use esound instead
of direct /dev/dsp, so that it conflicts with esound which
already uses /dev/dsp.
You can use audacity + gnome this way :
launch "$> esddsp audacity" instead of "$> audacity"; or
if you want to shut up sound of other esound apps to only
hear/record with audacity :
$> esdctl standby
$> esdctl resume
Henc, esd will release the /dev/dsp device to let audacity use
it, then take it again when audacity is closed.
(i attached the mini script to do that, put it in a good path
such as ~/bin or /usr/local/bin or whatever is quoted in $PATH,
and use it instead of direct /usr/bin/audacity)
The third solution is to configure your xmms and other sound
apps to *not* use esd (see preferences..) and never launch esd
even in Gnome (see gnome control center : sound prefs, uncheck
the 'start sound server..').
Remember it is *not* audacity specific. As an example, there
are also problems with flash plugin for mozilla which freezes
mozilla if your xmms or any apps (e.g esd) uses already
/dev/dsp; because this bloody closed source flash plugin does'nt
handle esd, artsd or ALSA and nobody else can patch that.
> I received this error in my audacity :o((
> My xmms work with /dev/dsp correctly.
> Any idea?
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