[As-users] Re: Xmms - afterstep problem

Justin Wainwright (jwain@umd.umich.edu)
Thu, 03 Aug 2006 17:29:48 -0400

Just wanted to add that I've seen this as well, and have seen it with a 
number of different kernel versions and various forms of ALSA 
drivers/versions.  I'll also notice the bitrate fluctuating during 
playback- which suggests more that the audio files are to blame than 
xmms/afterstep.  While moving through a playlist, I've played some audio 
files at a steady 320 kbps rate with no problems only to have the next 
file in the list cause the high CPU utilization- so you might want to 
try various audio files and see if the problem only happens with certain 

> Date: Thu, 03 Aug 2006 17:11:02 +0200
> From: Volker Ossenkopf <ossk@ph1.uni-koeln.de>
> Subject: [As-users] Xmms - afterstep problem
> To: AfterStep users <as-users@afterstep.org>
> Message-ID: <44D21206.60000@ph1.uni-koeln.de>
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> Dear all,
> I run the CVS version of Afterstep from about four weeks ago. This
> has solved the long lasting Java1.5 problems that I had had before.
> I notice, however, from time to time a strange behaviour:
> When I run xmms to play some music it happens usually after a while
> (may be an hour, but I have not measured) that afterstep starts to
> increase the CPU load. It goes quickly to something close to 100%
> and becomes, of course, much less responsive then.
> It helps to stop the music playing in xmms and it also helps for
> a while to "Restart" afterstep. I cannot assign any particular
> condition to when this problem happens.
> I have some suspecion that afterstep might try to use the sound
> device for some unknown reason. I do not load the Audio module
> in my autoexec, but I had also sometimes other strange cases
> where the audio device was suddenly in use whithout an obvious reason.
> I use esd, if this matters. Could it be the case that afterstep
> somehow tries to access the audio device without me telling it
> to do so? What else could explain the increased CPU load?
> Best wishes
> 		Volker
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