[pulseaudio-discuss] Howto debug "Connection refused" problem

Kees Bakker kees.bakker at altium.nl
Tue Nov 10 00:29:38 PST 2009

On Monday 09 November 2009, Lennart Poettering wrote:
> On Mon, 09.11.09 12:02, Kees Bakker (kees.bakker at altium.nl) wrote:
> > BTW. I've got pulseaudio 0.9.10 installed. But the pulse library packages
> > are 0.9.19!! Could this be a problem? If yes, then I'm in trouble because
> > I can't downgrade libpulse0 and friends due to dependencies to a lot of
> > other packages, and upgrading pulseaudio to 0.9.19 is not possible either.
> We have changed the socket path used for communication between PA and
> the clients. That's why the old PA server will not be found by the new
> client. The protocol should have stayed compatible however, so either
> use the TCP access method (as Colin suggested) or set $PULSE_SERVER to
> the full unix socket path.
> If anybody cares enough I am happy to take a patch that makes sure
> that PA tries to connect to PA versions that old, too. We have some
> code like that for very old PA versions, there is just something
> missing for some versions in the middle.
> However I generally can only recommend running the same client and
> server version together, as that is the only thing I test, and we
> don't have the testing or bugfixing manpower to support any other
> combinations properly.

Thanks Lennart for the reply.

The only reason I had this combination was because Debian didn't force
me to upgrade the client packages, but for some reason I was had to
upgrade the server. (Can't remember what the reason was.)

Perhaps we need to add something note to the FAQ about this. I mean,
with client and server mismatch you will also get "Connection refused".

BTW. When you say "that old" it sounds like you're talking about 0.9.10
But Debian lenny is still at 0.9.10. There is a backport of 0.9.15, but
you it turned out to be a challenge to install that one. I didn't

Kind regards,
Kees Bakker

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