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

Al Johnson openmoko at mazikeen.demon.co.uk
Tue Sep 16 15:18:20 CEST 2008

On Tuesday 16 September 2008, Joel Newkirk wrote:
> On Tue, 16 Sep 2008 22:01:51 +1000, Matt <matt.joyce.lists at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > 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')

The fun bit being that many of these simple real-world actions can involve 
multiple alsa controls - at least 3 for mic for example. Not hard, but more 
than a simple renaming exercise.

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