[linux-audio-user] alsa client numbering

Chris Cannam chris.cannam at ferventsoftware.com
Tue Apr 18 13:45:16 EDT 2006

On Tuesday 18 Apr 2006 15:51, Clemens Ladisch wrote:
> Chris Cannam wrote:
> > Rosegarden relies on the client numbers to determine whether a port
> > is system, hardware or software -- there are significant functional
> > differences between the types of port,
> What are those differences?

Well, for example a hardware port of a given name can have any number of 
MIDI devices attached to it, or none, you can't find out anything about 
them, and they can change between runs of the program.  Whereas a 
software port with a given name is highly likely to represent a single 
application, the application's name is available, and it's probably the 
same one each time.  Programs don't usually have to care about 
distinctions like this, but it's not helpful to users to always treat 
these types the same.

> > and I see no other way to find out which type a port is -- if there
> > is one, I'd dearly like to know.
> snd_seq_client_info_get_type()

This returns whether a client exists in kernel or user space, which is 
not the same thing at all.  Programs may care about this, but users 
seldom would.

The equivalent function for ports (snd_seq_port_info_get_type) is a 
similar red herring.  Looks useful: isn't.


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