ESD

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Esd is a sound daemon. It's used by gnome to play system sounds on certain events - like login, logout, etc.

There is one built with alsa support(the normal one) and an additional built with oss support in the AUR: http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?do_Details=1&ID=6703&O=0&L=0&C=0&K=esd&SB=&SO=&PP=25&do_MyPackages=0&do_Orphans=0&SeB=nd

Starting ESD

There's not much to setup apart from adding esd to the DAEMONS line in /etc/rc.conf like this:

DAEMONS=(syslog-ng network netfs crond alsa esd mpd hal fam gdm cups)

Troubleshooting

-Is esd hogging your sound device and you can't uninstall it since gnome requires it to install/build?

put

esdctl off

in a startup file(like .xinitrc, or use gnome-session, kde....)

problem solved!

to see if anything is hogging your sound devices run fuser as root or sudo.

sudo fuser /dev/snd/*

and

sudo fuser /dev/sound/*

example:

kris|~$ sudo fuser /dev/sound/*
/dev/sound/mixer:     3504

Then you can use

ps auxw|grep 3504

for example, to see what is hogging the device.