How-To: Pulseaudio

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Postby zasf » 2007-11-27 10:24

As a follow-up to my previous posts, I'm pleased to tell you that I've been using pulseaudio for 6 months on Ubuntu and it works very well.

Here are some relevant Ubuntu bugs (fixed packages should be shipped with next Ubuntu release):

* pulseaudio esd wrapper is not working with gnome
* module-esound-protocol-unix and ownership of /tmp/.esd directory
* non-free Flash 9 doesn't work with pulseaudio

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Postby soldierboy » 2008-01-26 15:59

Just wanted to drop a note to say that this worked very well for me. It even resolved the sound issue I was having with flash. Anyways, Thanks!
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Postby hellfire[bg] » 2008-02-05 19:10

Are you using some type of real time scheduling and are you using Pulseaudio directly, i.e. no Dmix (I'm gonna delete that part of the How-To, I think).

As a matter of fact, i noticed the slowness in mplayer. I also couldn`t get sound in cedega and wine.
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Postby sayad » 2008-02-28 21:10

soldierboy wrote:Just wanted to drop a note to say that this worked very well for me. It even resolved the sound issue I was having with flash. Anyways, Thanks!


Same here...that worked fine for me too...thanks!!:)



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Postby mattd7591 » 2008-03-30 02:53

Anyone know anything or a tutorial that will work about using the network audio with it.
I am trying to forward pulseaudio sound from my linux box to my windows box via ssh tunneling, but so far absoulety nothing has worked.
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Postby praka123 » 2008-07-04 10:56

Hi,

What should I add to /etc/iceweasel/iceweaselrc file? lately iceweasel 3 is not starting with "padevchooser" in the field :oops:

BTW ,Thank you very much for the guide.
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Postby Arthur Archnix » 2008-07-04 17:47

Thanks for all the links and the how-to. It's nice to know what's coming. That email to the gnome people was especially informative. Other than controlling sounds individually there's nothing I need my audio to do that it doesn't do already, so I'm not going to risk introducing new bugs/problems for a feature I'd rarely used. But where it's going seems very exciting, and I can't wait until the Debian guys switch to it as their default sound server. The stuff about apps on the left playing alerts out your left speaker, or minimized windows reducing sound automatically seem like really useful and cool features.

Anyway, great how-to.

UPDATE: I take it back. I installed it and I immediately fell in love. It's awesome. I thought I'd have to configure my system sounds, but they just work. Beautiful.
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Postby Mrbigshot08 » 2008-07-04 23:15

praka123 wrote:Hi,

What should I add to /etc/iceweasel/iceweaselrc file? lately iceweasel 3 is not starting with "padevchooser" in the field :oops:

BTW ,Thank you very much for the guide.


ICEWEASEL_DSP="none"

iceweasel 3 should work with that, but if that doesn't then this definitely will...

ICEWEASEL_DSP="padsp"
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Postby Mrbigshot08 » 2008-07-04 23:17

mattd7591 wrote:Anyone know anything or a tutorial that will work about using the network audio with it.
I am trying to forward pulseaudio sound from my linux box to my windows box via ssh tunneling, but so far absoulety nothing has worked.


I was actually thinking about adding that to the how-to, but I only have it working with other linux boxes with pulseaudio installed, I have yet to try with windows. :)
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Using VLC to connect to Pulseaudio RTP stream

Postby macxcool » 2008-10-14 17:45

I want to use VLC to connect to a Pulseaudio RTP stream (awesome feature, by the way) enabled using the Pulseaudio Preferences applet. I've enable RTP and allowed discovery and unauthenticated access. I've tried something like rtp://username@hostname:port and other similar URIs but I can't get it to work yet.
BTW I'm running VLC in windows and I also have a Linux box with a distro that doesn't use Pulseaudio. I want to use VLC for both.
This could be tunneled over SSH if one could get it to work?
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Postby Conrad » 2008-11-23 12:19

Hi!

Your how-to is nice but as far as I know you should not simply add yourself to the PA groups. :)

You should use pulseaudio -D as user, not as root (systemwide) and then you don't need to change the group-file (on Lenny the pulse user added itself to the audio group).

Also you need to add yourself to the pulse-rt group only if you want to use the realtime functions, which pose a security risk.
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Postby DrumScum » 2008-11-28 09:29

Conrad wrote:Hi!

Your how-to is nice but as far as I know you should not simply add yourself to the PA groups. :)

You should use pulseaudio -D as user, not as root (systemwide) and then you don't need to change the group-file (on Lenny the pulse user added itself to the audio group).


Yes, he's right. That only has to be done when running PA system-wide.

Conrad wrote:Also you need to add yourself to the pulse-rt group only if you want to use the realtime functions, which pose a security risk.


But doesn't one need a rt-kernel to use the rt functions in PA? I'm a bit confused by this.
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Postby roooz » 2008-12-04 15:05

thanks, looks like a great howto. I also have Ubuntu installed on a partition and they seems to have much problems with it:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=789578

Are these problems also on debian?
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Postby RandumKiwi » 2008-12-29 19:48

I'm an ex-ubuntu user (it was good, but the sound issues were very frustrating, I tried everything to fix it, but nothing seemed to work). From what I had read, the implementation in ubuntu for pulseaudio was sub-standard and this is why it caused many issues (I love the idea behind pulseaudio, audio that just works should be a feature of linux).


Anyhow, sick of the issues, I've come to big-brother debian, quite simple to adapt to so-far :) and after installing pulseaudio, my sounds still work fine.



I've registered to help you with something: padevicechooser

Your guide advises people to install padevicechooser, I used to use padevicechooser in ubuntu (it's quite useful, I have it start the applet on login, look it up), however, using this guide, padevicechooser won't work.
Code: Select all
** (padevchooser:3394): WARNING **: pa_browser_new() failed.


According to this, it seems that you need to install avahi-daemon as padevicechooser is dependant on it.

Please update the guide to install "avahi-daemon" to help out other fellow debian users, thanks :)
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Postby Mrbigshot08 » 2008-12-30 20:35

I am actually in the process of adding a section on using the network discovery features of pulseaudio to the guide. Which is why padevchooser needs avahi. I actually wasn't aware that padevchooser did not call avahi as a dependency, i knew it was necessary for network discovery, the developer of pulseaudio is also a developer of avahi. So I will definitely be adding this stuff to the section on play pulseaudio sounds on network computers. I am actually having weird network problems at my house that are keeping me from finishing the section as I would like.
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