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Bug 959 - /usr/bin/play should use "$@"
Summary: /usr/bin/play should use "$@"
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: sox
Version: 5.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 1999-01-25 12:05 UTC by jmorzins
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-03-19 21:50:07 UTC

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Description jmorzins 1999-01-25 12:05:47 UTC
Red Hat Linux systems ship with a shell script for
/usr/bin/play, which serves as a wrapper around the
/usr/bin/sox program.  The shell script's use of $1
rather than "$@", however, causes /usr/bin/play to reject
any attempts at using command line options.  Since many
programs assume that "play" supports the "-v" option to
set volume, the use of $1 rather than "$@" causes those
programs to produce error messages rather than audio output.
(Exmh, a graphical front-end to the MH mail system shipped
with Red Hat Linux, is one example of a program that tries
to use "play -v" to play .au files.)

The patch included here modifies /usr/bin/play to be
a better imitation of traditional "play" programs.

--- /usr/bin/play       Thu Aug 29 18:38:51 1996
+++ /tmp/play   Mon Jan 25 06:59:45 1999
@@ -1,3 +1,3 @@

-/usr/bin/sox $1 -t .au - > /dev/audio
+/usr/bin/sox "$@" -t .au - > /dev/audio

(This was reported to me on a system which the author
described as "5.x".  I have verified the bug on a 4.2
system.  "rpm -q -f /usr/bin/play" reports "sox-11g-5".)

 Jacob Morzinski            

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 1999-03-19 21:50:59 UTC
using play -v works for me on a 5.9 system.

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