Re: ALSA permission problem
From: tim wunder (twunder_at_REMOVEcomcast.net)
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2004 17:29:03 -0400
On 7/27/2004 4:24 PM, I believe that Swedey wrote:
> tim wunder wrote:
>>Using Fedora Core 2 on a Duron 1GHz w/ 384MB RAM, and a SoundBlaster
>>Live sound card.
>>I currently cannot get sound to work as a normal user in FC2 when using
>>ALSA. When logged in as root I can run alsamixer from the command line
>>and can configure KDE to use ALSA, and the sound works. When logged in
>>as a normal user, I cannot use ALSA for sound and must use OSS. When I
>>run 'alsamixer' from the command line, I get a permissions error,
>>"alsamixer: function snd_ctl_open failed for default: Permission denied."
> I *think* I remember having to change the permissions on some device
> (in /dev). If the exact answer comes to me, I'll reply again. Till then,
> maybe you can figure it out from this.
> (And if you do figure it out and I don't remember, please post what the
> answer is) :-)
> From a website I just found:
> "If you hear nothing but also do not get an error message, chances are that
> your sound is just muted. Make sure that "Master" is unmuted using
Well, the problem isn't that there's no sound, although that's a
symptom. There's no sound because, for some reason I cannot fathom, FC2
thinks the user doesn't have permission to access the alsa device files.
> "alsamixer" (use arrow keys and "m") or "alsamixergui" (click on top of the
> bar). If you get an error message about "permission denied" or similar,
> then the permissions of the alsa device files are not setup correctly (see
> ls -l /dev/snd/*)."
Yes, it's definately a permissions issue. The problem is... I think the
alsa device files *are* set up correctly. Everything in /dev/snd/* has
permissions of crw-rw---- with ownership of <user>.users and each <user>
belongs to the users group.
Thanks for adding another set of eyballs, though. Maybe you'll find that
clue stick that's been eluding me...