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Thread: Sweep: cannot open device /dev/dsp: device or resource busy

  1. #1
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    Jul 2005
    St. Petersburg, Russia

    Sweep: cannot open device /dev/dsp: device or resource busy

    Hi all,

    I'm trying to get sound out of Sweep editor to no avail. I have a Jaunty setup with Alsa output routed through Jack. Every time I try to play something using Sweep, a window pops up saying "Cannot open device /dev/dsp: Device or resource busy".

    First of all, nothing seems to hold the /dev/dsp device, as shown by "lsof | grep dsp".

    I know that /dev/dsp is related to the deprecated OSS sound system. I modprobed snd_pcm_oss, snd_mixer_oss and snd_seq_oss modules, but it didn't help.

    In Sweep's Playback -> Configure audio devices, I tried to manually enter /dev/snd/pcmC0D0p, /dev/snd/pcmC0D0c, and /dev/snd/pcmC0D1p as sound devices instead of /dev/dsp, but then Sweep either hung or silently died when trying to play.

    Stopping Jack doesn't help either.

    Can anybody help? I currently have to reboot to Vista to edit the file I recorded in Linux, which is a bit silly...

    Update: I kinda got it to play using "aoss sweep [filename]", but it is unstable that way.
    Last edited by temcat; February 22nd, 2010 at 11:39 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2010

    Re: Sweep: cannot open device /dev/dsp: device or resource busy

    hey, i 'd like to get sweep running too (Lubuntu). it opens, and loads a pre-existing wav or mp3, just won't play it (the dev/dsp thing). sweep has a mix-paste feature that i can't find in audacity, so would be worth keeping around, if only for that.
    ??? Ubuntu keeps this semi-functioning app, buts dumps rezound???

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