[LAU] Regular Xruns?

James Cameron quozl at us.netrek.org
Sun Aug 9 19:19:11 EDT 2009

On Sun, Aug 09, 2009 at 07:28:49AM -0400, Paul Davis wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 9:45 AM, David Baron<d_baron at 012.net.il> wrote:
> > I have niced these processes negative. Did not help either (sound breakage
> > during other IO or Xorg activity) or the xruns. Xmms (the old one) scarcely
> > breaks at all at nice 0.
> David - not picking on you in any way, just want to get the message
> out there even more clearly: nice(1) has absolutely nothing useful to
> offer any issues connected with scheduling processes to meet
> hardware-determined deadlines (ie. your audio interface). People need
> to get rid of this idea. Its not just "not the best way", its
> completely irrelevant.

I'm nit picking ... I disagree with you here, Paul, but only in one
respect, when the system is CPU bound, that is there is no free CPU time

nice(1) *does* have an effect on choosing which of several competing
user-space processes will execute next, and so will assist with
scheduling processes to meet hardware-determined deadlines (ie. incoming
audio samples from a mic).

But only if there are competing user-space processes.

If the processor is idle most of the time, which shows as a load
average less than 0.5, and is the usual situation these days, nice(1)
has no effect at all.

Putting it into human ... if the system is *only* doing your audio
recording job, then nice(1) will do nothing ... except make you feel

Now, if your goal is only to feel good, and not to be right about it,
use it all you like, guys.  ;-)

James Cameron

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