Chris Morgan chmorgan at
Fri Mar 31 15:47:48 CST 2006

Can't we use kernel capabilities to let people do this without having
to run as root?  Thats what jack audio server users are advised to do
to ensure SCHED_FIFO.


On 3/31/06, Mike Hearn <mike at> wrote:
> > Until it crashes your box of course...
> If a Windows program has a habit of hard freezing the system then the
> user will learn not to run that program.
> As it is, right now _many_ games suffer this problem with corrupted
> audio and it's very unpleasant (loud bursts of white noise). Makes the
> games unplayable, in fact.
> I'd rather make the games playable and give developers an incentive to
> find a better privilege model than leave this to coast along for another
> few years with only a bunch of talk, ideas and non-mainline patches.
> Right now there are no good solutions for this we can implement in Wine
> itself (except maybe making wineserver suid root and drop privs), and
> SCHED_ISO isn't merged into the mainline kernel, so telling users to
> upgrade won't solve much.
> > If we have to require people to upgrade their kernel to get
> > the feature that's fine; at least then when the box dies we can blame
> > the kernel guys ;-)
> I agree that it's not good, but this patch makes the best of a bad
> situation and it's better for the users this way. If they don't want to
> run as root, they don't have to, and if - like me - they know the game
> is safe and wish to have some fun this evening then they can.
> thanks -mike

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