Posted in alsa, arch, arch linux, mpd, sound

MPD and Alsa

So after upgrdaing to Arch Linux (an event in itself), I had issues with MPD not being able to talk to the soundcard. In the mpd log I was seeing errors like “Failed to open device HW:0,0” or “Failed to open [Alsa] device”. Now after a couple of days of scratching around I suddenly had a light bulb moment, “was the mpd user in the audio group???” I checked and it wasn’t, so a quick “sudo vigr” and hey presto I had sound working again.
What threw me during the diagnosis of this, was that running ‘speaker-test -c2‘ from the command line was producing sound so it led me to believe it had to be localised to mpd.

Anyway, that’s another problem solved!!

Now I can get back to working on a post on how to configure the Awesome Window manager.


I am and have been an Oracle dba for the past twenty something years, with a few deviations to dabble in other areas. I’m certified (or is that certifiable) in both Oracle 10 and 11G OCP. I’m an “old skool” hacker at heart in the traditional sense, pulling apart bits of kit to see how they work, mainly with the intention of fixing it, mostly with the outcome of breaking it! I like toying with hardware, software and new technologies and love Linux, although Windows 10 is looking pretty slick too. I have a keen interest in reading / writing and electronics, and occasionally snap a few photos. If I can help you I will, so if you have any questions feel free to ask by using my contact form. -Lee And now for the disclaimer: Anything I write here is my own opinion and does not represent the view of any company I work for now or have worked for in the past.

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