Compile asks for ALSA

Giles Orr gilesorr-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w at
Wed Jul 16 02:36:49 UTC 2008

2008/7/15 Marc Lanctot <lanctot-yfeSBMgouQgsA/PxXw9srA at>:
> Giles Orr wrote:
>> ./configure stalls out with this error:
>> ... [ lots of "checking for ... yes" snipped ]
>> checking for pthread_create in -lpthread... yes
>> checking for snd_mixer_open in -lasound... no
>> configure: error: You must have ALSA Installed!
>> Of course I have ALSA installed.  I have the package that provides the
>> "alsamixer" binary but it's evidently not looking for that either.  I
>> assume the reason I can't find alsa*-dev packages for Debian is
>> because ALSA is now in the kernel.  I've installed kernel source to
>> match my running kernel binary, but that was a stretch and didn't
>> work.  Hints or work-arounds accepted!  If more information would be
>> useful, please let me know.
> I had to deal with this recently for a different reason... ah yes, now I
> remember.. I was building VICE from scratch. I seem to remember there being
> ALSA dev packages a while back.. anyway, what worked for me was to install
> the asound dev packages:
> lanctot at gravid:trunk% apt-cache search asound | grep dev
> lib64asound2-dev - ALSA library development files (64 bit)
> libasound2-dev - ALSA library development files
> libasound2-doc - ALSA library developer documentation
> libalsa-ocaml-dev - OCaml bindings for the ALSA library
> libecasound2.2-dev - development files for ecasound
> libecasoundc2.2-dev - c binding files for ecasound (devel)
> libkvutils2.2-dev - kvutils library required for ecasound - development
> lanctot at gravid:trunk%
> My guess is that asound is related to ALSA? Sorry that I can't give a better
> explanation but installing asound2-dev worked for me. (The package names
> might be slightly differ because I did this after a new Ubuntu install)

Got to love sensible, obvious naming systems ...  <sigh>  The package
I needed was "libasound2-dev".  Anyway, it's built and installed.
Actually configuring it will have to wait until tomorrow.  Thanks!!

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