MPD (music player daemon) crashing after 2 seconds in Debian Squeeze

May 6th, 2012 | By | Category: Linux / Freebsd

Yea, this was a fun little one that cropped up this week for whatever god damn reason.. Anyways i would love a file into GMP and get it ready to go and I would get 2 seconds when MPD would crash.. Sometimes it crashed so hard I had to restart alsa and modprobe my soundcard just to get it to come back.

Did a little reading around and found some mentions of having to remove alsa from my /etc/mpd.conf file but that seemed a little drastic to me as for whatever reason I think the idea of having it as an option is a good idea.  I remember in GMP you can choose alsa or pulse and so sure enough I restarted MPD, connected GMP to the server and went into the server drop down menu and unchecked alsa (shortcut key ctrl+1) .. Sure enough the music played fine.

If you are wondering why I am using MPD and not Amarok or the like check out my post here: http://blog.netflowdevelopments.com/2012/03/01/getting-mpd-to-work-with-pulse-audio-in-debian-squeeze/ – You’ll be happy you did if you care about system efficiency like the rest of us who can’t afford powered rigs with oodles of ram

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