OSS Proxy Daemon. Linux userland OSS sound device
April 2, 2013
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OSS Proxy Daemon is a Linux userland OSS sound device (e.g. /dev/dsp, /dev/mixer) that supports forwarding OSS sound streams to PulseAudio and ALSA.
This daemon helps to resolve a problems with sound in old OSS dependent applications. For example I had a problems with sound in Doom 3 and Quake 3 Arena.
The problem often appears on modern motherboards that have built-in audio cards. This audio cards do not have support for hardware mixing. That's why some old OSS dependent applications have problems with sound. How to resolve this problem? How to make sound available in a favorite old games, such as Doom 3 or Quake 3 Arena? The answer is OSS Proxy Daemon.
So, if you have an old OSS application and you want to make them run with sound in a modern hardware on linux you need to install osspd. OSS Proxy Daemon creates links to /dev/dsp, /dev/mixer devices and translates the sound via pulseaudio and alsa.
Install OSS Proxy Daemon from source
To install from source code type commands bellow in console
cd /tmp wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/project/osspd/ossp-1.3.2.tar.gz tar -zxvf ossp-1.3.2.tar.gz cd ossp-1.3.2/ make sudo make install
If you have an error, that looks like as described below than you need to install libfuse-dev
No package 'fuse' found gcc -Wall -o osspd osspd.c -L. -lossp osspd.c:14:27: fatal error: cuse_lowlevel.h: No such file or directory compilation terminated.
So, to install libfuse-dev in Ubuntu:
sudo apt-get install libfuse-dev
After installing libfuse-dev try to recompile osspd
cd ossp-1.3.2/ make sudo make install
Start OSS Proxy Daemon
To use OSS proxy you need to change access permissions to new virtual devices
sudo chmod o+rw /dev/dsp /dev/adsp /dev/cuse /dev/mixer
To add OSS Proxy Daemon to startup just open with root permissions /etc/rc.local file in text editor and add here this records under exit 0
/usr/local/sbin/osspd chmod o+rw /dev/dsp /dev/adsp /dev/cuse /dev/mixer
Install OSS Proxy Daemon from Debian package
An alternative way to install OSS proxy is Debian package. You can download it from here
That's all. Now You can play Doom 3 and Quake 3 Arena with sound on Linux ;)