[LAU] Jack, Ardour, and the Gentoo Pro-Audio Overlay

munkeyfreenix batcat munkeyfreenix.batcat at gmail.com
Fri Jul 17 18:44:22 EDT 2009

maybe you're already doing this, but thought its worth mentioning.

if you unmask packages, make sure you set ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="~x<arch>" in

setting that line in make.conf can be disastrous, as in its easier to
reinstall everything. and yes, that sucks as well. I've done it :(

pretty much everything in pro-audio overlay is masked. i believe they have a
mailing list as well.

On Fri, Jul 17, 2009 at 12:01 PM, Brent Busby <brent at keycorner.org> wrote:

> On Fri, 17 Jul 2009, Tim Jones wrote:
> > I've been settling into my own Gentoo system, and so far haven't had
> > any trouble with unmasked pro-audio packages (for numbered versions
> > anyway) interfering with anything else in portage. It seems to me that
> > pro-audio is not very well maintained. I've had to hack several
> > ebuilds to get them to work, but for the ones that do, likely any
> > masks are just because no one has tested the ebuild, or because it is
> > live.
> Since the time I wrote earlier, I've had significant progress getting
> things installed, mostly from avoiding the live CVS versions of
> everything, and settling for Jack 0.116.2, which is still 0.116 or newer
> as cautioned on the Ardour site.  (I compiled with no DBus or firewire
> support, since I don't use Ffado or FreeBob.)  Everything now seems to
> coexist well with my other apps and system libraries.  I've got Ardour
> 2.7.1.
> My next challenge is to pick a version of rt-sources and get that
> configured and setup.  I usually prefer to setup a kernel with modules
> that my current system has or is likely to ever have, and put the ones
> that are needed to boot into the kernel statically, so I'm going to see
> if I can do without an initrd.  That certainly out to be possible
> though.  I just don't like having ninety drivers I don't use autoloaded
> by 'discover' during the bootup...it's annoying.
> I wonder if it's better to go with the unmasked rt-sources-2.6.16-r29
> (which I see has a very high patchlevel number, so apparently a lot of
> time is going into it), or the newest rt-sources-, which is
> more current, but masked.  I asked this recently on the Pro-Audio
> overlay list, so I'll see what they say there.
> > But more people care about jack and Ardour so you're likely to find
> > more support on those. Anyway, I would say don't be afraid of the
> > masked packages.
> Yeah, I've seen so many packages in Pro-Audio that needed unmasking to
> install that I've just started treating that as par for the course in
> the overlay.  I'm still sticking with stable packages for my base system
> though.
> > I generally haven't built any dbus support, and I'm not sure how jack
> > itself uses dbus. Not sure about "classic" either, but for those
> > undocumented flags, I find the best thing to do is just open the
> > ebuild and see what options those flags are passing to configure
> > (which you should be able to figure out without any knowledge of how
> > ebuilds work) and then see what those do.
> I did finally find a websvn interface to the changelogs on the overlay
> site that described that:  It's for if you'd like to compile both Dbus
> *and* non-Dbus Jack -- you can enable "dbus" and "classic" together.
> I've just gone with 0.116.2 and no Dbus, and that seems to coexist with
> everything else nicely.
> --
> + Brent A. Busby         + "We've all heard that a million monkeys
> + UNIX Systems Admin     +  banging on a million typewriters will
> + University of Chicago  +  eventually reproduce the entire works of
> + Physical Sciences Div. +  Shakespeare.  Now, thanks to the Internet,
> + James Franck Institute +  we know this is not true." -Robert Wilensky
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