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    Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (known by the acronym ALSA) is a Linux kernel component intended to replace the original Open Sound System (OSS) for providing device drivers for sound cards.

    For more information on ALSA, visit

    If you get the following error while building Firefox on Linux, it means a few library files required for ogg or wave support are missing.

    checking for snd_pcm_open in -lasound... no
    configure: error: Ogg or Wave support on Linux requires the alsa library

    Issue Resolution

    Disable OGG and Wave Support

    You can append the following lines to your .mozconfig:

    ac_add_options --disable-ogg
    ac_add_options --disable-wave

    Get OGG Support

    If you want OGG support install alsa development library.

    On Ubuntu:

    sudo apt-get install libasound2-dev

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