Introduction to Libao

The libao package contains a cross-platform audio library. This is useful to output audio on a wide variety of platforms. It currently supports WAV files, OSS (Open Sound System), ESD (Enlighten Sound Daemon), ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture), NAS (Network Audio system), aRTS (analog Real-Time Synthesizer and PulseAudio (next generation GNOME sound architecture).

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.4 platform.

Package Information

Libao Dependencies


X Window System, EsounD-0.2.41, ALSA-1.0.27, and PulseAudio-4.0 (requires libatomic_ops-7.2d on x86)

User Notes:

Installation of Libao

Install libao by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
install -v -m644 README /usr/share/doc/libao-1.1.0

Configuring Libao

Config Files

/etc/libao.conf and ~/.libao

Configuration Information

Currently, the only configuration option available is setting the default output device. Issue man libao.conf for details.


Installed Programs: None
Installed Libraries: and plugins
Installed Directories: /usr/include/ao, /usr/lib/ao and /usr/share/doc/libao-1.1.0

Short Descriptions

provides functions for programs wishing to output sound over supported platforms.

Last updated on 2013-09-01 15:01:22 -0700