Removal of unused audio drivers

Damjan Jovanovic damjan.jov at
Thu Apr 12 07:08:44 CDT 2007

On 4/12/07, Vit Hrachovy <vit.hrachovy at> wrote:
> Maarten Lankhorst wrote:
> > There are 5 different audio drivers for linux, I think this is a bit
> > overkill, so I propose to remove the esd and nas drivers, I don't think
> > anyone uses esd, especially that since for that task alsa can be used
> > now since dmix addon.
> >
> > I'm not sure what nas is for, but it seems to be 'network audio system',
> > I haven't seen any use for it, except that it causes a 30 seconds
> > slowdown at showing 'audio' tab in winecfg. I don't think anyone uses it.

> > For esd I think it's best to remove, for nas I'm also for remove, but
> > I'll settle for removing it from winecfg list same way as winearts was
> > disabled for a while.
> >
> > What are your thoughts about this?

Keep them all and fix the real problems.

> > Maarten
> Hi Maarten,
> I'm using esd actively. There are some audiocard drivers OSS provide and
> ALSA don't.
> I haven't used NAS at all and the winecfg delay annoys me too.

The slowdown can be reduced by probing for sound simultaneously in
multiple threads, and  eliminated entirely by populating it
asynchronously from other threads. Want a patch?

> Regards
> Vit


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