[Debian GNUstep maintainers] Bug#576228: Bits from the Release Team: Scheduling, transitions, how to help

Yavor Doganov yavor at gnu.org
Thu Apr 1 19:02:20 UTC 2010

Package: cynthiune.app
Version: 0.9.5-9
Severity: important
Subject: Writes to /dev/dsp by default
User: debian-release at lists.debian.org
Usertags: oss-removal

Adam D. Barratt wrote:
> * Removal of OSS
>   Only three bugs remain to be resolved to get this release goal
>   achieved.

Not entirely true, and I suspect Cynthiune is not the only program
missing in that list.

Current status: I have an ALSA bundle ready (default for GNU/Linux;
the OSS bundle remains default for GNU/kFreeBSD; Esound and arts are
deprecated and only activated upon user's request) -- it is working
well except the occasional crashes which happen for all threaded
GNUstep apps.  I was unable to track down this GNUstep bug,
unfortunately, but I keep trying from time to time.  I will not upload
a new release with the ALSA bundle until it is fixed.

One thing that puzzles me is that the wiki page says one should use
libraries and not access /dev/dsp directly -- I wonder which are those
libraries, precisely?  (cynthiune.app uses the NSFileHandle
asynchronous API to write to /dev/dsp, which seems to be the best

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