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I just rebuilt a few times some undertested since late last
summer versions of praat, Doing phonetics by computer, which
provides for linguistics a spectrogram machine in software.
Previously I got basic function by modifying the makefiles in
the usual ways and hand editing the /dev entries to be for
/dev/audio rather than /dev/dsp for linux. This was running
with some testing of audio working on NetBSD-5.1.2 and then the
cvs -r netbsd-6 of NetBSD-6.0 from about April 2012.
I didn't do much with it since Aug. 2012, due to other projects
and concerns, so recent adapting the source tree with versions
is undertested. (I assumed foolishly that it would still work as
well as before when I tested it and played with it a bit.)
I just upgraded to NetBSD-6.1-RELEASE, and then the cvs -r
netbsd-6-1 upgrade after I reported some X11 cve's to tech-x11
and saw some newer versions in the cvsweb tree. So I am running
on a Dell Latitude D610:
bash-4.2$ uname -a
NetBSD peano.jtcl.org 6.1.0_PATCH NetBSD 6.1.0_PATCH (Peano12c -r netbsd-6-1 -D
today auich.c new xsrc updates) #0: Sat Jun 1 15:44:42 CDT 2013
I changed a number of device entries in the within praat
portaudio code and its audio handling code elsewhere from
linux /dev/dsp to /dev/audio.
I tested v. 5351 and other earlier working versions, 5313, 5316,
5317, 5322 by the file dates, and praat gave a user error about
PortAudio not able to open the sound device for output.
I don't know C++ very well, I had to learn it to try and port
firefox by hand until I got smarter about pkgsrc, but anyway,
the bulk of the code is in C++. I found the text of the error
fn and it seems to initialize or assume by its caller in the
code that there is an audio_fd not initialized/opened properly.
Before I dig in and mess with this until it goes or gets fixed
by the author accidentally from their probable linux builds in
development, is there anything about /dev/audio in NetBSD-6.1
from 6.0 (BETA, BETA2, STABLE) that would cause this kind of
was working, now not for a globally applied uniform substution
to /dev/audio that I should look at first. Reread the man pages
on audio(4), and looked at /usr/include/sys/soundcard.h. What
other suggestions in this area should I look at to patch rather
than redesign this project's code base for NetBSD. Just hoping
for more knowledgable suggestions.
I just did a run of atf-run | atf-report, and of the 16 failures
(I think, I nuked the window already), none were involved with
/dev/audio, /dev/sound, /dev/mixer, or /dev/audioctl.
A sample file of linguistic data, a meeting recorded.
cat meeting.wav > /dev/audio
produces static, but the speaker/audio shows some of the dataset
bash-42# audioplay meeting.wav
also produces some of the dataset with a
chunk of static.
from sox produces the best representation of the linguistic data
as an audio source. The sound does work for this file, and
another wav file like it in size and content, tonight, testing.
praat in its functions has some playback for the sound being
analyzed and including time-slices. praat didn't work just
playing the sound as above.
Just on this information, is there somewhere in the src tree or
the man pages or the Guide (read on audio tonight), that I
should look at. I found out the hard way that for alsa to work,
in addition to -lasound, it needs also g++ * -lasound -lossaudio
-lm in the Makefile. Directions are sketchy, -lasound as alsa
2, I also found out the hard way by running nm -s on all the
libraries in /usr/local/lib etc.
Is there something like this about NetBSD-6.1 specifically, or
about porting to NetBSD from his (Paul Boersma, a phonetician)
assumed environment of linux with #define DEFAULT_AUDIO_DEVICE
"/dev/dsp" , -lasound for alsa and /dev/dsp a few other places
in the project's source tree ---presumably this is just a linux
convention, that is my assumption---that I should be looking for
to edit and patch and make this code run to do linguistics with
the machine. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
I found that the June 2012 -current sys/dev/pci/auich.c for the
AC'97 audio chipset which the D610 has, was fixed to make the
mic port work. My recent but not -current NetBSD-6.1.0_PATCH has
this single file (auichreg.h is unchanged) changed to make this
also work--the non-standard part of my build.
Going on too long, sorry.
John R. Towler
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