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BACKENDS: SDL: Use null mixer if audio initialization fails #5275

merged 2 commits into from Nov 7, 2023


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@elasota elasota commented Aug 18, 2023

I've attempted to clean this up but unfortunately untangling all of the cases where mixer readiness is not being checked is complicated. EmulatedOPL doesn't do it, VideoDecoder doesn't do it, only 10 engines are actually checking isReady on the mixer because this is such a rare case.

However, it is a case that happens in the real world when the user has no audio output devices enabled.

Anything that fails to check immediately crashes in playStream. Since there is a lot of code that isn't handling this correctly, I think it is better to use a null mixer fallback and add a way of detecting that it is a null device to MixerManager instead.

@@ -822,6 +823,9 @@ Common::String parseCommandLine(Common::StringMap &settings, int argc, const cha

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We need to add it to the help text above, then. Also, since it is SDL-specific, shouldn't it be guarded around by #ifdef SDL_BACKEND?

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sev- commented Oct 16, 2023

@elasota any updates?

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sev- commented Nov 5, 2023

@elasota Still no updates?

…a flag to forcibly disable it for testing. Add an alternate call that returns true if the mixer manager is a null device.

SDL audio init will fail on Windows if all audio output devices are disabled.
Only about 10 engines are checking for this case and numerous pieces of common code (EmulatedOPL, VideoDecoder) fail as well, so this acts as a fallback to prevent instability.
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sev- commented Nov 7, 2023

Thank you!

@sev- sev- merged commit cc64a58 into scummvm:master Nov 7, 2023
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