So in less time than it took me to post about my problems with RealAudio in Debian yesterday I fixed it today. The
alsa-oss package contains a handy little tool called
To run an application built for OSS on a computer using ALSA just type:
in a Run dialog or terminal window.
I created a shortcut to RealPlayer on my wife’s top panel and prepended
aoss to the command line for it.
If RealPlayer was an official Debian package I might file a bug saying it ought to depend on (or suggest) OSS or alsa-oss.