(OM2008.8-update) (audio/GSM) alsamixer names

Joel Newkirk freerunner at newkirk.us
Tue Sep 16 14:27:45 CEST 2008

On Tue, 16 Sep 2008 22:01:51 +1000, Matt <matt.joyce.lists at gmail.com>
> haduong at centre-cired.fr wrote:
>>> I'd like to suggest different names for the Alsa controls, because
> quite
>>> frankly I cannot relate to the ones I see in alsamixer. But first I'd
>>> like to ask you guys if you feel the same need as me. Do you feel
>>> comfortable with the present alsa channel names, or would you like them
>>> to be clearer?
>> That would be a great deed. The present alsa channel names stink so much
>> that only the bravest of the brave dare to get close to that subsystem.
>> That goes a long way to explain why so far we still do not have the
>> automagical configuration we all would like. Even on my desktop box, by
>> the way, I had to rewire it to my stereo using the analog jack output
>> because I lost the configuration for the coax digital.
>> Minh
> Renaming them might be useful, but understanding their effects would be
> better.

Agreed.  Particularly in the context of writing a GUI interface that would
simply let us set levels for speaker/mic for each use-case. :)  That
doesn't require changing anything in ALSA, just abstracting to more
real-world-meaningful names. (EG 'speaker volume - ringer' or 'handset mic
level - in-call')


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