Re: how to get pulseaudio working?
On Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 3:51 AM, Magnus Therning <email@example.com> 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
In ~/.xine/config :
In ~/.mplayer/config :
ao = pulse
SDL and GStreamer have pulseaudio packages that you can install.