[LAD] Does some proaudo stuff uses raw linux devices?

Brett McCoy idragosani at gmail.com
Tue Jun 13 13:29:55 UTC 2017

On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 2:43 AM, Clemens Ladisch <clemens at ladisch.de> wrote:

> Nikita Zlobin wrote:
> > While configuring kernel, i stucked on option CONFIG_RAW_DRIVER, which
> > enables /dev/raw device section.
> >
> > I suppose, things like linuxsampler or others, hardly working with
> > storage, might utilize this access way for most direct access to
> > samples. Or even in audio recording (only nearly imaginations).
> > Is it so really?
> No.  Using a raw device would require that the application implements
> its own file system.
> Streaming audio samples is easy to handle with existing file systems.
It's usually database systems like Oracle (maybe PostgreSQL?) that use raw
device access like that. Not as a big of an issue these days as it was in
the late 90s/early 00s, where system performance wasn't as good, or drives
weren't as fast or efficient. Even commercial samplers like Kontakt don't
use raw access either for DFD streaming.
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