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Re: what's with pulseaudio

On Thu, 01 Dec 2011 14:32:03 +0000, Steve Kleene wrote:

> Sometime in the last month or two a regular upgrade of my Wheezy systems
> caused them to start running /usr/bin/pulseaudio.  


Yes, it is a requirement at least for the "gnome-core" metapackage. For 
others DE I can't tell.


> Did pulseaudio replace some other audio system?  

In GNOME, yes. At least is now the default instead ESD:


> If I shut it down will I have no sound?  (I'll try this if no one 
> happens to know the answer.) 

You will have not sound unless you install an additional audio system as 
a replacement that is compatible with your current DE/WM :-)

>  And what's in these .pulse-cookie files?  I'm leery of anything with
> "cookie" in its name.

Hum... "man 5 pulse-client.conf" says:

cookie-file= Specify the path to the PulseAudio authentication cookie. 
Defaults to ~/.pulse-cookie. 



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