[Rd] defining r audio connections

Duncan Murdoch murdoch@dunc@n @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Wed May 6 20:26:34 CEST 2020

On 06/05/2020 1:09 p.m., frederik using ofb.net wrote:
> Dear R Devel,
> Since Linux moved away from using a file-system interface for audio, I think it is necessary to write special libraries to interface with audio hardware from various languages on Linux.
> In R, it seems like the appropriate datatype for a `snd_pcm_t` handle pointing to an open ALSA source or sink would be a "connection". Connection types are already defined in R for "file", "url", "pipe", "fifo", "socketConnection", etc.
> Is there a tutorial or an example package where a new type of connection is defined, so that I can see how to do this properly in a package?
> I can see from the R source that, for example, `do_gzfile` is defined in `connections.c` and referenced in `names.c`. However, I thought I should ask here first in case there is a better place to start, than trying to copy this code.
> I only want an object that I can use `readBin` and `writeBin` on, to read and write audio data using e.g. `snd_pcm_writei` which is part of the `alsa-lib` package.

I don't think R supports user-defined connections, but probably writing 
readBin and writeBin equivalents specific to your library wouldn't be 
any harder than creating a connection.  For those, you will probably 
want to work with an "external pointer" (see Writing R Extensions). 
Rcpp probably has support for these if you're working in C++.

Duncan Murdoch

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