alsa-oss - ALSA wrapper for OSS applications

Property Value
Distribution Debian 8 (Jessie)
Repository Debian Main amd64
Package name alsa-oss
Package version 1.0.28
Package release 1
Package architecture amd64
Package type deb
Installed size 131 B
Download size 30.63 KB
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This package contains a program loader, aoss, which wraps
applications written for OSS in a compatibility library,
thus allowing them to work with ALSA.
There are two ways of getting an application to work with
ALSA if the application was written for OSS. The first way
is to load the special ALSA drivers that emulate the OSS
kernel interface; these allow the application to open
/dev/dsp0 and other OSS device files. The second way is
to wrap the application in the libaoss library provided
in this package; the wrapper causes the application to
access native ALSA device files such as /dev/snd/pcmC0D0c
instead of OSS device files.
Use of the alsa-oss library is recommended over the use of
OSS-emulation drivers if you want to use ALSA's PCM plugin
ALSA is the Advanced Linux Sound Architecture.
OSS is the free version of the Open Sound System.


Package Version Architecture Repository
alsa-oss_1.0.28-1_i386.deb 1.0.28 i386 Debian Main
alsa-oss - - -


Name Value
libasound2 >= 1.0.16
libc6 >= 2.15
multiarch-support -


Type URL
Binary Package alsa-oss_1.0.28-1_amd64.deb
Source Package alsa-oss

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install alsa-oss deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install alsa-oss




2014-07-18 - Jordi Mallach <>
alsa-oss (1.0.28-1) unstable; urgency=low
[ Jordi Mallach ]
* Pass --with autotools_dev to dh, to fix builds on arm64 (closes: #727315).
* Canonicalise Vcs-* URLs.
[ Luke Yelavich ]
* New upstream release
* Bump standards version to 3.9.5
2012-02-12 - Jordi Mallach <>
alsa-oss (1.0.25-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream release.
* Update changelog.ALSA.
* Bump to debhelper 9.
* Add ${misc:Pre-Depends}.
* Rewrite debian/rules using dh, with the necessary overrides to
get rid of .la and .a files, and to install the upstream ChangeLog.
* Change install to look for lib files in the Multiarch dir.
* Use a version 3 watch file, and don't uupdate.
* Change aoss_lib_path.patch to use ${libdir}, so it works with
multiarch paths out of the box.
* Refresh aoss_wrap_warning.patch.
* Add DEP-3 patch headers.
* Update lib paths in lintian-overrides, although I fear lintian will
continue to bark for the rest of triplets.
2011-06-09 - Jordi Mallach <>
alsa-oss (1.0.17-5) unstable; urgency=low
* Switch to architecture wildcard 'linux-any' which incudes armhf 
(closes: #629486).
* Remove old ALSA url from long description and replace with the new one
in the copyright file.
* Point to non-symlinked GPL-2 file.
* Stop build-depending on quilt, it's not needed with format 3.0 (quilt).
* Bump Standards-Version 3.9.2.
2010-02-12 - Jordi Mallach <>
alsa-oss (1.0.17-4) unstable; urgency=low
[ Elimar Riesebieter ]
* Switched to source version 3.0.
* Added ${misc:Depends} to alsa-oss in control.
[ Jordi Mallach ]
* Add overrides for missing symbols control files.
* Add aoss_wrap_warning.patch, to print a warning if aoss does not
wrap the called program due to /proc/asound not being present
(closes: #404040).
* Bump Standards-Version to 3.8.4, with no changes needed.
* Use gzip compression for now, until alsa-oss gets a new upstream
version (if at all).
* Add sparc64 to the list of supported architectures.
2009-10-26 - Jordi Mallach <>
alsa-oss (1.0.17-3) unstable; urgency=low
[ Jordi Mallach ]
* Remove a bashism from debian/rules.
* Add quilt to Build-Depends and use it in debian/rules.
* Add aoss_lib_path.patch to fix path to (closes: #523101)
2009-09-17 - Jordi Mallach <>
alsa-oss (1.0.17-2) unstable; urgency=low
[ Elimar Riesebieter ]
* Added avr32 to supported archs.
* Bumped Standards-Version to 3.8.3. No changes.
* Don't install *.(a|la) libs.
* Substitute dh_clean -k with dh_prep
* Use always /usr/share/misc/config.(sub|guess). Added autotools-dev to
2008-09-29 - Jordi Mallach <>
alsa-oss (1.0.17-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream release
[ Jordi Mallach ]
* Switch to now official Vcs-* control fields.
* Add lpia to the list of supported architectures.
[ Elimar Riesebieter ]
* Corrected typo in manpage: "SYNOPSYS". Done upstream. (closes: #311389)
* Using festival with aoss leads to a segfault. This is just no more
reproducible. Tested on amd64, i386, ppc. Hopefully fixed (closes: #413892)
* Fixed copyright.
* Bumped Standards-Version: 3.8.0, no changes needed.
* Bumped compat to 7, removed debhelper.
2007-10-27 - Jordi Mallach <>
alsa-oss (1.0.15-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream release.
[ Elimar Riesebieter ]
* Added Homepage: header in debian/control
* debian/rules: s/-$(MAKE) distclean/[ ! -f Makefile ] || $(MAKE) distclean/
2007-06-09 - Jordi Mallach <>
alsa-oss (1.0.14-1) unstable; urgency=low
[ Elimar Riesebieter ]
* New upstream release.

See Also

Package Description
alsa-tools-gui_1.0.28-1_amd64.deb GUI based ALSA utilities for specific hardware
alsa-tools_1.0.28-1_amd64.deb Console based ALSA utilities for specific hardware
alsa-utils_1.0.28-1_amd64.deb Utilities for configuring and using ALSA
alsamixergui_0.9.0rc2-1-9.1_amd64.deb graphical soundcard mixer for ALSA soundcard driver
alsaplayer-alsa_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer output module for ALSA
alsaplayer-common_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb audio player (common files)
alsaplayer-daemon_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer daemon
alsaplayer-esd_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer output module for EsounD
alsaplayer-gtk_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer gtk interface
alsaplayer-jack_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer output module for JACK
alsaplayer-nas_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer output module for NAS
alsaplayer-oss_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer output module for OSS
alsaplayer-text_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer text interface
alsaplayer-xosd_0.99.81-1+b1_amd64.deb alsaplayer XOSD display module
alsoft-conf_1.4.3-1_amd64.deb OpenAL-Soft configuration utility