OpenAL- A binding to the OpenAL cross-platform 3D audio API

MaintainerSven Panne <>
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This module corresponds to section 2.7 (AL Errors) of the OpenAL Specification and Reference (version 1.1).



data ALError Source

AL errors consist of a general error category and a description of what went wrong.

alErrors :: GettableStateVar [ALError]Source

OpenAL detects only a subset of those conditions that could be considered errors. This is because in many cases error checking would adversely impact the performance of an error-free program. The state variable alErrors is used to obtain error information. When an error is detected by AL, a flag is set and the error code is recorded. Further errors, if they occur, do not affect this recorded code. When alErrors is read, the error is returned and the flag is cleared, so that a further error will again record its code. If reading alErrors returns [] then there has been no detectable error since the last time alErrors (or since the AL was initialized).

When an error flag is set, results of AL operations are undefined only if ALOutOfMemory has occurred. In other cases, the command generating the error is ignored so that it has no effect on AL state or output buffer contents. If the error generating command returns a value, it returns zero. If the generating command modifies values through a pointer argument, no change is made to these values. These error semantics apply only to AL errors, not to system errors such as memory access errors.