heads up: timidity causes pulseaudio to not find sound cards
I recently did an 'apt update; apt upgrade' on my desktop which is
running testing (aka buster). Doing so led to my losing sound through
any application that relies on pulseaudio, e.g. firefox. I could still
use console based tools (e.g. mocp) to listen to music but pulseaudio
could not find my default built-in sound card, only the nvidia card
which provides sound through HDMI. Unfortunately, not having any audio
device connected via HDMI, I could not hear anything. I only have
speakers connected through the headphone jack. (old skool)
Purging timidity from my system fixed the problem. I did this based on
the advice from this web page:
although I am not entirely sure why this worked. Halfway through the
purging operation, sound came back without even having to reboot or
restart any services.
Just a heads up in case somebody else loses sound all of a sudden.
Eric S Fraga via Emacs 27.0.50 & org 9.1.14 on Debian buster/sid