Linux version still unstable and again quiet

Case number:845829-997588
Opened by:cherry39
Opened on:Monday, April 28, 2014 - 21:36
Last modified:Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 08:18

The Linux version is still quite unstable
and now has lost sound again!

~/Downloads/Foldit/Foldit $ ./Foldit
Foldit Error: The game has previously not started up correctly.
If this problem persists, please install the latest version.
AL lib: oss.c:169: Could not open /dev/dsp: No such file or directory

There is no /dev/dsp in Linux:
$ uname -a
Linux rk12m15 3.8.0-35-generic #50-Ubuntu SMP Tue Dec 3 01:24:59 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

the actual used foldit version is

(Mon, 04/28/2014 - 21:36  |  2 comments)

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After update and automatic restart i get error message - something about zip file.
I exit FoldIt and start it again. It updates another time (only binary).
After automatic restart i get error message - "Failed writing received data to disk/application: Error contacting server." over splash screen with start button.
And this case continue

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#1. regarding the first error, the one related to /dev/dsp:

this is because /dev/dsp is in use by another audio application.
to prevent this, you need to run the application as follows:

- if you use pulseaudio (default in ubuntu):
padsp ./Foldit

- if you use alsa:
aoss ./Foldit

#2. other errors:

foldit will segfault if permissions are not correctly set.
make sure the foldit folder has write permissions so files being downloaded can be written to that folder.


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