Weird totem/gstreamer crash caused by missing alsa config files?

Martin Stransky stransky at
Fri Jan 13 16:22:26 UTC 2006

You need to re-login after alsa-lib update. It's bug in alsa-lib and 
it's fixed in devel now.

Chris Chabot wrote:
> Hey all,
> On my box here totem would crash the moment it started up every time
> with the error:
> 	An error occured
> 	Could not open resource for writing
> Kind of cryptic and completely lacking of any helpfull meaning of what
> resource it is trying to open for writing, so after discounting other
> options (gstreamer dependencies, etc) i fired up strace and tried to
> find what file opens failed.
> After wading thru tons of strace info using:
> # strace -e trace=file /usr/bin/totem
> I noticed that the final file opens that failed before giving that error
> were for:
> /etc/alsa/pcm/dmix.conf
> /etc/alsa/pcm/dsnoop.conf
> A simple touch for both those files fixed the problem, and totem starts
> up normally again.
> Now i've done a clean test1 install (and upgraded to rawhide/development
> recent), and the soundcard (SB Audigy clasic, with digital out in use)
> is configured perfectly too (unlike before when it only configured
> analog out which i don't use), and system-config-soundcard playes test
> sounds and everything fine too.
> So what exactly does totem (or gstreamer?) need those files for, and why
> weren't they generated in the first place if their so crucial? :-)
> 	-- Chris

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