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Configuring audio applications

What is the canonical way to configure the system so that ordinary users
can run
audio applications?

The audio devices are owner=root, group=audio, so I assume that the answer
is to
change applications which want to play sound to group=audio and run them
set group id.

If this is the right way, why don't the applications come configured like

Altenatives would be:

- Only root allowed to play sound: Bad, encourages you to be root when you   
  shouldn't be.

- Run applications su root: Much more dangerous than set group to audio,

- Make audio devices public read/write: This might be the best solution.
But I    
  assume there is a reason the system doesn't come configured this way.   
  Explanations, anyone?


Jon K. Hellan                                   Jon.K.Hellan@item.ntnu.no
Div. of Telematics                              Phone: +47 73 59 43 27
Norwegian University of Science & Technology    Fax:   +47 73 59 69 73
Trondheim - Norway

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