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@ 2020-08-11 15:11 Jan Stary
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From: Jan Stary @ 2020-08-11 15:11 UTC (permalink / raw)
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[Isolating this from a related oss detection thread]

On Aug 11 15:34:07, wrote:
> This is OpenBSD/current.
> On Aug 10 13:17:07, wrote:
> > Near as I can tell, no system actually has a machine/soundcard.h file.
> OpenBSD has neither <machine/soundcard.h> nor <sys/soundcard.h>;
> it has <soundcard.h>, as documented in
> > The libossaudio library on NetBSD and OpenBSD is meant to emulate a
> > few ioctl() commands to facilitate porting of Linux applications.
> Yes.
> > As we have proper sndio support, this is of no use for SoX.
> On OpenBSD, yes (I will look at NetBSD and FreeBSD in separate emails).
> Current SoX git builds and runs fine on OpenBSD
> (except the recent -Wl,--as-needed) using sndio,
> if ./configure'd right. The OpenBSD port of SoX 14.4.2
> explicitly builds --without-oss	--without-sunaudio --with-sndio
> In fact, these options are necessary (that is to say,
> the autodetection is broken); when ./configure'd without options,
> it detects each of sndio, ossaudio and sunaudio, and fails with
> sox.c: In function 'adjust_volume':
> sox.c:1337: error: 'audio_info_t' undeclared (first use in this function)
> sox.c:1337: error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
> sox.c:1337: error: for each function it appears in.)
> sox.c:1337: error: expected ';' before 'audio_info'
> sox.c:1338: error: 'AUDIO_GETINFO' undeclared (first use in this function)
> sox.c:1338: error: 'audio_info' undeclared (first use in this function)
> sox.c:1341: warning: implicit declaration of function 'AUDIO_INITINFO'
> sox.c:1345: error: 'AUDIO_SETINFO' undeclared (first use in this function)

Currently, the configure system uses the following
to decide whether the underlying system provides the 'sunaudio' driver:

      [AC_CHECK_HEADERS(sun/audioio.h,, using_sunaudio=no)])])

that is wrong on at least OpenBSD, which does have sys/audioio.h,
but it does not provide a sunaudio device driver. The audioio.h
interface is the audio HW abstraction that the individual
card drivers implement, see

The result is that ./configure mis-detects sunaudio and tries
to compile the driver, which fails as described above.

It seems that a more correct way of detecting the sunaudio driver
would be to check if AUDIO_GETINFO and AUDIO_SETINFO are defined
and the audio_info_t type is declared.


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