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Re: [PATCH v2] Autoconnect jack ports by default

From: Geoffrey McRae
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] Autoconnect jack ports by default
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2021 09:38:24 +1100
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While I get where you're coming from, those using QEMU with Jack are already advanced users that are used to reading technical documentation. Having our one client do something that is unexpected/different would not only confuse existing Jack users but also anyone following any guides/documentation on how to use a generic jack client. IMO the better solution here is simply better documentation, perhaps even a known working sample setup.

On 2021-02-25 09:33, Christian Schoenebeck wrote:
On Mittwoch, 24. Februar 2021 23:04:47 CET Geoffrey McRae wrote:
This goes against how all standard jack clients work, a new jack client
should not auto-connect at all unless explicitly configured to as if
there is an existing audio diagram configured (which is 99% of the time)
it will cause unexpected/undesired behavior.

Jack is not supposed to be an 'automatic' system, it's the
responsibility of the patch bay software to route connections.

The auto-connect feature exists to allow the jack audiodev to re-connect
a broken connection when the jack device restarts/reconnects.

Well, that was also my idea first, and I would agree with you in case of a
regular music app of course, but then I thought QEMU is probably not an
average JACK client, and it simply lowers the entry level for new users who
probably just want to output to system out anyway.

I mean, are you piping QEMU into Ardour or something Geoffrey?

This could still be overridden by passing a bogus pattern with argument
"connect-ports" for people who prefer the patchbay approach in the end.

Sorry but this is a kludge to reverse another kludge, I really don't think this is a good way to go.

So I would vote for the "make it easy for newbies" approach in this case, but
I leave that up to you and Gerd to decide. :)

Best regards,
Christian Schoenebeck

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