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Re: how to get pulseaudio working?

On Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 3:51 AM, Magnus Therning <magnus@therning.org> wrote:


You don't need to cc me, I'll see it on the list.

> I've been somewhat curious about using pulse, but there have been several
> emails on this list suggesting that it isn't as easy as just removing esound
> and installing some pulseaudio* packages.  Something that I did a few months
> ago on my Sid desktop boxes.  I haven't noticed any change after that; sound
> just kept on working.
> One thing that seems to be missing from most pages/posts are instructions to
> see what the current setup really is.  After installing the pulseaudio*
> packages I'm still no wiser as to whether I'm using them or not.  So, how do
> I know what my current (working) audio setup actually is?

You can see if pulseaudio is running with "ps -ef | grep pulse" or similar.

In general, if you removed esd and apps are still set to use esd, and they
still produce sound, PA must be working (*something* is taking the place
of esd). Also, ALSA can't do mixing by itself, so if you can hear two streams
at once (e.g. music and a video), something is mixing them.

If you wanted, you could tell apps to use PA directly, instead of via esd or
alsa emulation.

In ~/.xine/config :

In ~/.mplayer/config :
      ao = pulse

SDL and GStreamer have pulseaudio packages that you can install.

Kelly Clowers

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