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Score 83%
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Downloads:  1289
Submitted:  May 21 2006
Updated:  Sep 12 2006


PicoXine is a (very small) XINE implementation for playing audio events as a replacement for ARTS. It's extremely small (the source code is only 3.0KiB long!) It offers great response time, it's faster than MPlayer upon start-up, and it has no stdout output if no errors are found. It's, therefore, completely transparent.

It requires Xine-Lib (any version). If your distro uses development packages, you need xine-devel and libc6-devel

Picoxine is now available on Gentoo's Portage tree due to nagging on my part. Enjoy; :)


Initial Release

* Removed X11 Linkage from build script: PicoXine is now no longer dependant on X11/Xorg linkage, this also makes it faster and smaller!

* Fixed stupid typo (omission of sudo in sudo example) in the INSTALL / README file


*Added Volume Option

*Added Audio Driver option

*To use these options, simply run picoxine without any arguments and it will display the usage.


*Increased Delay Loop to 40kUsec to attempt to stop audio skips at EOF


*Fixed Volume handling for it to work using the internal XINE volume mixer, rather than your ALSA mixer! Now it works!

*Added a secondary delay at EOF to prevent cut offs.
Always check your tar files before distributing.


Added a patch given to me by Diego 'Flameeyes' Petteno, flameeyes@gentoo.org

Further optimisation

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 Response time

 by Caster on: Jun 22 2006
Score 50%

Response is not so great here. If I try, say KDE_Glass_Break.ogg to play in System Notifications panel with the preview button, picoxine takes almost 1 second before it plays. The "play" command from sox package is instant, mplayer lags a bit but it's nothing compared to picoxine :( Trying wav sounds from K3B, k3b_error1.wav lags as much, and won't finish, it's cut in middle. k3b_wait_media1.wav doesn't play at all. What's the problem? Got xine-lib 1.1.2_pre20060328-r9.

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 Re: Response time

 by ciaraan on: Jun 23 2006
Score 50%

I am not entierly sure. Allow me to go back to source code. Maybe I can optimise even more. Please change -O2 to -O3 in your build.sh and add -fomit-frame-pointer.

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 Re: Re: Response tim

 by Caster on: Jun 23 2006
Score 50%

No change... I think such flags don't matter much for this tiny program :) Delay must be caused by xine initialisation or something... Tried also manually from command line, different -ao parameters, teh same.

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 Re: Re: Re: Response

 by ciaraan on: Jun 25 2006
Score 50%

I am going to point the finger to your XINElib, yes.
I would suggest using -o3 -fomit-frame-pointer and -ffast-math for your Xine lib.
I actually compile with those plus
-ftree-vectorize, -mfpmath=sse,387 and -march=opteron, so I am not entierly sure what what may work for you...

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 Re: Response time

 by ciaraan on: Sep 12 2006
Score 50%

0.0.7 is out, it should help, since it will init faster.

Furthermore, it may just be your Xine setup. I use my Xine with prelink and it helps greatly.

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 Re: Re: Response tim

 by Caster on: Sep 12 2006
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Yeah that helped a lot, now it's playing instantly. Thanks.

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