esd - The Enlightened Sound Daemon


Starts up EsounD, which provides a sound mixing server.


esd [options?

  • d DEVICE force esd to use sound device DEVICE
  • b run server in 8 bit sound mode
  • r RATE run server at sample rate of RATE
  • as SECS free audio device after SECS of inactivity
  • unix use unix domain sockets instead of tcp/ip
  • tcp use tcp/ip sockets instead of unix domain
  • public make tcp/ip access public (other than localhost)
  • terminate terminate esd daemone after last client exits
  • nobeeps do not play startup beeps
  • port PORT listen for connections at PORT (only for tcp/ip)

Possible devices are: /dev/dsp, /dev/dsp2, etc.


/etc/esoundd/esd.conf daemon configuration file


esdcat(1), esddsp(1), esdloop(1), esdplay(1), esdsample(1), esd-config(1), esdctl(1), esdfilt(1), esdmon(1), esdrec(1)

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