Introduction to NAS

The Network Audio System is a network transparent, client/server audio transport system. It can be described as the audio equivalent of an X server.

Package information

NAS dependencies


X (XFree86-4.4.0 or

Installation of NAS

Install NAS by running the following commands:

xmkmf &&
make Makefiles &&
make includes &&
make depend &&
make &&
make install

Command explanations

xmkmf...: These commands use the standard for compiling X based applications.

Configuring NAS

Configuring NAS

Config Files


Configuration Information

Create the NAS configuration file using the following command:

cp /etc/nas/ /etc/nas/nasd.conf

Edit the new configuration file to suit your network and system needs.

Install the /etc/rc.d/init.d/nas init script included in the blfs-bootscripts-6.0 package.

make install-nas

The init script uses a default parameter to allow access to all hosts on the network. Review the nasd man page for other available parameters if you need to modify the script.


The NAS package contains auconvert, auctl, audemo, audial, auedit, auinfo, aupanel, auplay, aurecord, auscope, autool, auwave, auphone, checkmail, nasd, issndfile, playbucket, soundtoh and the libaudio libraries.



The au{utilities} are a collection of tools to convert, play, edit, record, and manipulate sound files. See the respective man page for each utility for a full description.


checkmail plays a sound file when the user receives mail.


nasd is the Network Audio System server daemon.


issndfile checks if a file is in a recognized audio file format.


playbucket plays, or creates, the bucket corresponding to the specified file.


soundtoh converts a sound file to a C language header file.

Last updated on 2005-02-13 22:28:45 -0700