Subject: NetBSD /dev/audio
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Kenneth Stailey <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/01/1994 09:41:46
I just got a Sound Blaster Pro a week ago or so.

I re-wrote the Linux audio files for "xboing" (a very nifty, very
sound intensive game that comes in X11R6 contrib sources.) to work
with NetBSD.  The driver does get stuck in (ps says wchan is "audio")
but this doesn't happen very often to me.

My biggest problem with it is that recording does not work.
"cat /dev/audio >" just sits there until I ^C it.
"dd" with various "bs=" still has no effect.
If I open the driver for O_RDWR and ioctl it to play mode, no improvement.

Is it the driver or am I using it wrong?

Are there and sample apps to do recording?

Why is the L*NUX driver so much more advanced (mixing capabilites etc)?