[linux-audio-user] some ALSA questions

Mark Knecht markknecht at gmail.com
Tue Jul 4 09:07:06 EDT 2006

Hi Dave,
   On my Gentoo systems (and I think many other distros) it's now
modprobe.conf but it's not generally edited directly. On my systems
there are subdirectories with numerous files, such as
/etc/modules.d/alsa, where you make the entries for the specific type
of modules you are interested in. Under Gentoo you then run a program
(on Gentoo it's modules-update IIRC) which collects all these files
together into /etc/modprobe.conf and at the same time does some
checking to ensure things are somewhat correct.


On 7/4/06, Dave Phillips <dlphillips at woh.rr.com> wrote:
> Greetings:
>   I'm preparing a final draft of an article re: ALSA and I started
> wondering about whatever happened to modules.conf. In my old RH9 (2.4
> kernel) I was able to freely manipulate the ALSA modules (designate for
> loading, reorder, set alias, etc) via /etc/modules.conf. Things have
> changed a lot in 2.6.x, and /etc/modules.conf is apparently not to be
> edited in Ye Olden Way. Is there a similar single file in the 2.6 file
> system ? If so, where is it ? On my Debian Etch system I have this file :
>     /etc/modprobe.d/sound
> It looks like the file to change a la the old-time modules.conf, but my
> entries have no effect. Is there another file located elsewhere that I
> should be editing ? Here's my /etc/modprobe.d/sound :
> alias snd-card-0 snd-ice1712
> options snd-ice1712 index=0
> alias snd-card-1 snd-emu10k1
> options snd-emu10k1 index=1
> alias snd-card-2 snd-virmidi
> options snd-virmidi index=2
> Also, what's the status of a user-friendly ALSA control and operations
> panel that might address such matters as ordering multiple soundcards,
> write/edit .asoundrc, start/stop ALSA services, etc. ? Is the ALSA
> development group pursuing anything like that ?
> Best,
> dp

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