Compile asks for ALSA

Lennart Sorensen lsorense-1wCw9BSqJbv44Nm34jS7GywD8/FfD2ys at
Wed Jul 16 13:58:15 UTC 2008

On Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 09:13:28PM -0400, Giles Orr wrote:
> I'm trying to compile powermated
> ( to go with my Griffin
> Powermate) on a Debian amd64 system.
> To forestall some other suggestions: I'm aware that powermated
> development is discontinued in favour of gizmod, but I've had nothing
> but bad luck with gizmod: it will recognize input from the device but
> not act on it.  I've had that on a couple machines.  Powermated works
> nicely and I'd like to use it for a bit longer.
> ./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.
> If anyone is happily using gizmod I'd love to talk to you (I know I
> have to use it eventually).

I think you are looking for the package 'libasound2-dev'

The user space library is not part of the kernel after all.  Only the
drivers are in the kernel, not the libraries and utilities.

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