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Re: Native play function slows down emacs on RH 7.3

From: TV Raman
Subject: Re: Native play function slows down emacs on RH 7.3
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 16:17:05 -0700

I looked at the code in  src/sound.c --and things look okay with
respect to how the sound is played.

The problem is that the function as written is synchronous
--i.e. returns only ater the sound is done playing 
--which explains the slowness I perceived.

It might be useful to have the function parse its args, check the
validity of the sound data --and then 
fork to play the sound so emacs can continue what it is doing.
Richard Stallman writes:
 >     If you use the built-in play-sound function, 
 >     things feel  slower than when using (shell-command "play "...)
 >     It's hard to articulate the "feel slower" bit --
 >     but at least when I switched emacspeak to start using play-sound,
 >     the rest of emacs felt sluggish.
 > Can you investigate a little--by seeing what method Emacs uses to play
 > a sound, and what method the `play' program uses?  Maybe we're not
 > using the best method, or we might be using it wrong.
 > Unfortunately I know next to nothing about the facilities for playing
 > sound.

Best Regards,
T. V. Raman:  PhD (Cornell University)
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