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Re: sound in netscape

On Wed, 13 Jan 1999, Alexander Kushnirenko wrote:

> I guess you should put yourself in group audio.

That's a slightly less brutal solution, but, alas, I'm not sure how to do
it.  You see, I AM in group audio, but processes that I start run under my
user ID, not my group ID unless I explicitly tell them to use my group ID.
Just being a member of group audio is not enough.

Oddly, if I login as me, switch to group audio with 'newgrp audio', I can
use /dev/dsp, /dev/audio, etc, but I can't run 'startx'.  I don't
understand this, as startx is rwxr_xr_x, so obviously I don't quite
understand groups.

Perhaps you can tell me exactly what commands you think I should run?  I
would prefer to start Netscape by selecting it from the window manager
menu, and not by explicitly typing a command.

Anyway, thanks for your help.  I'm a little puzzled as to why I'm the only
one having this problem, as I can't find anything about it on DejaNews.
Did everybody else just change the permissions on the audio devices?  Do I
need to reinstall Netscape with the .deb package now that I have sound
support in my kernel?


Richard Hall

> Sasha.
> > I'm still trying to get sound to work in Netscape.  When I try to play a
> > sound file, an error box pops up saying "Can't access device /dev/dsp".
> > 
> > bash-2.01$ ls -l /dev/dsp
> > crw-rw----   1 root     audio     14,   3 Jul 20 20:45 /dev/dsp
> > 
> > I'm trying to get Netscape to run as group audio.  I changed both the
> > wrapper script and the actual binary with 'chmod 2755' so that
> > 
> > bash-2.01$ ls -l /usr/lib/netscape/netscape 
> > -rwxr-sr-x   1 root     audio     6929928 Nov  2 20:42
> > /usr/lib/netscape/netscape
> > 
> > When I run netscape, though, it runs under my user ID according to 'top'.
> > The brutal solution is to change the permissions on /dev/dsp, but I'm
> > trying to learn and to do it the right way, so if anyone can explain to me
> > why netscape runs under my user ID, how I can change it, or even what
> > commands I might use to investigate the problem (strace?), I would be
> > appreciative.
> > 
> > Richard Hall
> > Network Services
> > University of Tennessee
> > 
> > 
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Richard Hall
Network Services
University of Tennessee

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